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It was dark — really dark. I could see my surroundings once I got under the neighborhood street lights, but getting “under” them was a challenge. I had neglected to take a decent flashlight on my long walk, and it wasn’t long before I was regretting that decision.

The little light on my phone was doing its best to brighten my path, but unfortunately, it just wasn’t cutting it. I couldn’t see well at all. Each step was uncomfortable and unsure. Visions of a Sasquatch from the woods beside me danced in my head — well, sort of.

I could have kicked myself. If I had just gone back in and grabbed a flashlight before I took off down the street, my walk would have been totally different.

On the bright side, that walk sure made me think. Mostly, I thought about Psalm 119:105 – “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

I thought about how different my “walk” would be if His Word was in my heart and on my tongue before I even stepped foot out of bed. I thought about how I would have better clarity to make decisions throughout the day; how my day would be more focused and less stressful. The direction of my feet would be sure, and I would live with a greater purpose. I would move with greater ease, greater security in my steps and greater assurance that the path I was treading was safe inside the circle of that light — Sasquatches and all.

So, let me challenge us today. Let’s start our mornings reading His Word. Let’s not take it lightly, as if we have everything under control and can see clearly in the dark.

Oh, and if you have a difficult time understanding God’s Word or if you just don’t know where to start, buy a devotional book that prompts your reading every day with a certain Scripture passage.

Now, let me warn you here. When you get a book like this, sometimes it’s easier to read what the writer has to say than to read the passage for yourself. I challenge you, though, to not leave your flashlight at home. Pick up His Word alongside the devotional book and read both. Reading about His Word is good, but actually reading His Word is the goal. Then, throughout the day, think about that passage; dwell on it. Really interact with what you read, allowing it to permeate and bring light to your steps.

Prayer: “Father, thank You for Your Word. Thank You that You promise that if I will but read and think on what You want to say to me that you will make my path lighter and my steps more sure. Thank You, Lord.”

Steve and Belinda Kirk write the “Everyday Grace” devotional for the Johnstonian News. Reach them at 919-449-5745 and sbmkax@earthlink.net.

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