Finding Light When the Path Is Dark

One night, my tender-hearted husband let our two standard poodles into our bedroom to sleep. All 87 pounds of Max stretched out on the floor beside me. His younger and much smaller brother settled close beside him. Afraid I’d trip over them if I got up in the night, I decided to move them to their usual sleeping spot.

I trudged upstairs with Strider, my smaller boy, in tow and headed back for my stubborn boy Max. On my return, I met Max climbing the steps. Good, I didn’t have to drag him to his bed.

Finally, I could settle down. I strode the few feet to my bed in the dark and fell—hard. Max had wadded the rug beside my bed in protest before leaving. My fall meant multiple visits to the chiropractor and left me with an injured shoulder.

Why did I fall on that familiar jaunt to my bed?

The darkness hid the snare lurking on the short path. A tiny light would have protected me.

We Need Light

We live in a dark world. To complicate matters, Satan and his emissaries masquerade as angels of light. Wolves dress as sheep—sometimes as shepherds. How do we navigate life safely?

We walk in the light. Even a short walk over familiar territory can prove dangerous in the dark.

Walk in the Light

Your word is a lamp to my feet. And a light to my path” (Ps. 119:105 NASB1995).

The Psalmist describes God’s word as a lamp. Imagine walking on a dark night with a torch or a lantern. How far ahead would you be able to see? You’d see where to step safely, but you would not see the whole path.

Sometimes we want God to light the whole path before we take the first step. But to walk in the light means to walk by faith and take the step He lights before us.

God’s word is not a GPS that shows every turn along the path. When we’re yoked to Him, He shows the next step. He walks beside us and helps us with the snags we face along the way.

Those who love Your law have great peace,
And nothing causes them to stumble” (Ps. 119:165 NASB1995).

With all the turmoil in our world, we wonder what to do. Should we buy farmland, invest in crypto currency, retire, buy or sell a business or a home, stay put or move?

Trust God to Lead You

Years ago, my husband and I wrestled over whether to buy a lot for a house we wanted to build. As we sought the Lord, my daily Bible reading presented verses saying, “wait on the Lord and He’ll give you the land.” I told Larry, I’m not sure what this means, but “wait and land” keep showing up. We decided to wait.

A year later, the Scriptures changed to “when you go into the land and build your fine houses…”

Larry said he’d been sensing it was time to act too. During our wait we found a better house plan for our sloping lot and fine-tuned what we needed. Twenty-five years later, we’re in the same house and are thankful we listened to God and waited.

When we walk with the Lord, step by step He lights the way to the right place at the right time.

Oh, the joys of those who … delight in the law of the Lord,
    meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
    bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
    and they prosper in all they do” (Ps. 1:2-3 NLT).

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  1. Stephanie Sudano


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  2. Sarah Schwerin

    Waiting is hard, but thankfully He path is always the right one. Thanks for your encouragement.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Sarah.

  3. Marilyn

    Thank-you, Debbie. Wise counsel that is so needed in this
    day in which we live.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Marilyn!

  4. Ann J Musico

    Oh boy Debbie is this sorely needed in this day. We need to be walking in the light of His Word. There is so much evil, darkness, perversion and deceit all around. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Ann, I certainly need the light of God’s word to ground me! Thanks so much.

  5. J.D. Wininger

    Another great lesson here Ms. Debbie. A secret I’ve learned about finding light my friend is that we have to look for it. I thought of times in my life when God was shining His light brightly upon the path He wanted me to follow, but He found me looking away.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Excellent point, J.D. Those who seek will find!

  6. Sylvia Schroeder

    I appreciate the reminder of step-by-step. Sometimes just a tiny light is indeed what we need. Thanks!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Yes, just enough for the next step. Thanks, Sylvia!

  7. Barbara Latta

    It is amazing how God’s Word illuminates our path in whatever way we need to see. We can read the same passages and then read them again and receive new revelation. His Word is a light to our path. Thanks for sharing, Debbie.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Barbara, it always thrills me when God uses what I’m reading to guide me.

  8. Katherine Pasour

    You’ve shared a wonderful example of obedience. God said, “Wait” and you did. Waiting is hard and we often get in trouble with our impatience. I know I’m guilty of being impulsive at times. And I agree wholeheatedly, we need light, most especially the Light of our Lord. Thank you for sharing.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Katherine. Waiting can be hard. It has also brought me peace when the instruction is clear.

  9. Annie Yorty

    So thankful for the light of God’s Word and the Light of Life living inside us, Debbie. Thank you!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Annie!

  10. Lisa notes

    So grateful that our God is like this: “When we walk with the Lord, step by step He lights the way to the right place at the right time.” Amen.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Me too, Lisa! Thanks.

  11. Donna

    Praise God, He is a light to our path and guides us even in the darkest, hardest journeys!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Amen! He is the Light of the world and His word is a light to our path. Thanks, Donna.

  12. Nancy E. Head

    God’s time is always best even though we too often push our own time. Great post! Wonderful encouragement to wait for God to show us the way.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thanks, Nancy. Waiting is often the next step!

  13. Joni

    “Take the step He lights before us” Love this!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thanks, Joni. Let’s stay in the light!

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