EARTH: A Light For Our Path by Francine Rivers

Reflections on How God Speaks Through Nature

A Light For Our Path by Francine Rivers

From: Earth Psalms

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105)

My hometown, Pleasanton, California, used to have a lot of fog. Not a light-misting fog that stretches over the valley like a cloud lake, but a pea soup-thick fog that spreads over roads and makes driving dangerous. The seven-mile stretch home from the movie theater in the neighboring town could feel like a hundred miles. Bright lights only made the fog blind us, and low beams didn’t shine past the front of the car. So we crept along, car door open, following the white lines down the middle of the road. We didn’t want to end up driving over the cliff into the Kaiser gravel pits.

Angels must have been watching over us.

Angels watched over Rick, too, when the Marine Corps deployed him briefly to Yuma, Arizona, and he would hitch a ride 250 miles home to our little Santa Ana studio apartment once a week.  He could only stay for a few hours before he and his friend had to head back to base in time for roll call.  Fog lies low on those long desert roads.  His friend would pull up behind a truck, close enough to see the taillights, and then stay there, foot to the floor, matching the truck driver’s speed.  Imagine going sixty miles an hour or more through fog, a couple of feet behind a semi.

Sometimes walking with the Lord can feel like walking in fog.  We have to keep an eye on the scriptures with every step we take so we don’t get lost or sidetracked down some dark road, ending up at the edge of a cliff with a pit below.  God has promised that his Word will guide us and light our way; it will be, “a lamp to guide [our] feet and a light for [our] path,” (Psalm 119:105).  It may not function like high-wattage high beams that help us see yards ahead.  In fact, his Word may be more like a candle, giving off a gentle light that illuminates only our next step.  But we can trust that when his Word is guiding us, we won’t take a wrong turn.

Faith isn’t the ability to believe long and far into the misty future.  It’s simply taking God at his Word and taking the next step.
(Joni Eareckson Tada)


In what areas do you need God’s direction?  What difference does it make to trust that God has not left you in the dark – that he is directing you?  How can his Word guide you?


This week, make a commitment to turn to God’s Word when you don’t know what to do.  Meditate on a passage of scripture and ask God for his direction.  If you’re having trouble sensing his guidance, consider talking to someone who is strong in faith.  He or she may be able to give you insight into what scripture might have to say about your dilemma.


Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us your Word, which illuminates our path.  You have not left us to wander in the dark alone, but you have given us the guidance of scripture.  Help me to use it wisely and to trust your direction.

For you are my hiding place;
you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory.
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.”
(Psalm 32:7-8)

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