Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. Surely the righteous will never be shaken . . . They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise. (Ps 111:4, 6-8, 10)
In some ways, life is like a maze: we never know what’s around the next corner, it’s full of twists and bends, and we can’t see the end until we get there. There are some wrong turns and some back-tracking. Some get to a dead end and never find their way out. Others, by persevering, get to the goal and celebrate.
Once upon a time, prevailed upon by two little girls, I went through a spooky maze made of hay bales for walls and a roof. The spooky part was that it was pitch black inside. It was also constructed for children and sized accordingly. My shoulders touched both sides in places. I’m claustrophobic, and I could feel the panic rising. I fought hard to stay calm and not let the kids pick up on my fear. My focus on them helped me to shift my focus from myself. They needed me. That reminded me that I also had Someone I needed. I prayed that God would guide me through.
Just then, a boy ahead of us turned on a cell phone light. That little light was God’s answer, and a beacon we weren’t long following out of there!
It’s hard not to panic when you’re in a dark place and things are pressing in on you. But no place is dark to God, and no path hidden from Him. When we enter each day, the wise place to start is with awe for who God is, what He does, and what He has promised all who love and follow Him.
When I think of God’s power and compare it with my circumstances, there’s no contest. I know where my help comes from. I can ask for strength to endure, wisdom to be refined by the challenges, and patience to wait for His light. The light may come quickly, or it may linger, but come it will. As I stay close to Him, trust overcomes fear, and I know He will lead me to the place I need to be, because I’m His little girl and He’s holding my hand.
Life has dark corners and hard places, but with God’s strength and His sustaining love, I can stay standing. My security comes not from any promise of a trouble-free journey, but from His commitment that He will never leave me or forsake me. Whatever happens as I go through the maze of this fallen world, however Satan tries to press in and lure me down dead ends, I pray that I may say with Job: “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God. I myself will see him with my own eyes – I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27)
At the end of the maze, “They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” (Rev. 22:4-5)
And won’t that be a-mazing!