He went into the dark backyard hoping no one in the house would see him. When they gave it to him they were a bit hesitant. He struggled with being responsible, but he assured them he could be trusted this time.
Earlier when he went into the house, he went to put it away. But then he couldn’t find it. The last place he remembered having it was in the backyard.
The guilt of violating their trust burdened Him. He just wanted to find it. Walking through the dark yard he nearly tripped over the children’s toys in the yard.
Just then his neighbor called over, “You need a light! I can bring you my flashlight.”
“I am just looking for something I lost,” he responded. “I appreciate your concern, you are a great neighbor. Please go back to what you were doing.”
“Well, I stepped out to enjoy the evening, but that is going to be difficult while listening to you struggle in the dark. You need a light! I have a flashlight,” the neighbor offered again.
“I don’t want to bother you. I will look later.” he said as he retreated into his house, stumbling two more times as he made his way in the dark.
It’s like this.
When you do not bring God’s light into your life you are stumbling in the darkness.
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
We live in a dark world. You need a light.
A light shone in a lit room does not appear to cast light.
Matthew 7:13 Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
People do not normally go down to their destruction willingly. They could not see where they were headed.
Reading the Holy Bible and applying its truths to our lives can help us clearly see to enter through the narrow gate.
God is like the neighbor always nearby, willing to help but not going where He has not been welcomed.
Sometimes guilt and shame causes us to want to stay in the dark and not bring God into the situation.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, so that He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
God is faithful and will forgive our sins. He already knows the details and He is wanting you to invite Him to help.
God wants a real relationship with you, He wants to help you find your way, because God loves you.
It can be as simple as inviting Him.
Lord, come, sit with me for a while and tell me about Yourself!
Written and posted by Joyce E Poggensee
Verses referenced Psalm 119:105, Matthew 7:13, 1 John 1:9