“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 NKJV
Have you ever been out riding and there is a snowstorm or fog so thick that you can’t see your hand in front of you? If you’ve spent any time skiing or snowboarding in the Pacific Northwest of the USA, you’ve undoubtedly experienced fog days. At the resort where I used to work in Montana, patrollers would set out “fog balls” to help skiers find their way off the top of the mountain. The bright orange discs served as a “light” or a “beacon” to lead the way. I recall many times I ended up on a run that was NOT where I intended to be…
Just like we get off track sometimes trying to follow the fog balls, we can turn the wrong direction in life and end up on a different run/path. Luckily, Jesus is still with us (remember the footprints in the sand story?) and He can get us back on track. He can help us get through the fogs of life we sometimes find ourselves in. Whether it’s depression, grieving, loneliness, anxiety, Jesus tells us to “cast our cares” upon Him. He promises to lead us through the darkness.
I love this prayer from the Book of Common Prayer:
“Give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which Your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility.”
Jesus tells us that He is the light of the world. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We can confidently follow His beam of light, because we know it leads to everlasting life.
- What are some “fogs” in your life that could use the light of Jesus to clear up?
- Read and reflect on Psalm 23 – you may have it memorized already.
- The holidays can be a very hard time for a lot of people – pray for an opportunity to let God use you be a light.
By Jessica Downing | Salida, CO