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Don't Shut the Light Off!

Updated: Oct 18, 2018



Several years ago, my daughter and I were staying with a friend in Nashville. One evening we got back to her place really late after an event. In her hallway there was an open door with a long flight of stairs that lead to the remodeled basement where we were staying. It was a narrow, steep flight of stairs so my friend always kept the light on.


As I walked through the open door to start my descent downstairs, I decided to shut the light off. I remember thinking, “I can find my way.” Well, as I neared the bottom, I missed a step, my foot got caught in the strap of my backpack so I couldn’t right myself, and I never touched the last four steps…I glided to the floor. The x-ray showed I had broken my elbow in the WORST place. Surgery was the only way to fix it.


The question that plagued me during the 9 days of waiting for surgery and the 6 weeks of recovery was, “Why did I shut the light off?”


My friend has a door to those stairs because, honestly, they are dangerous! When her grandchildren are over, that door is shut! When you open the door, the light switch is right there in your face screaming at you, “TURN ME ON!”


Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” (NLT) It clearly reminds us that God’s word (the Bible, scriptures) is our light. There have been numerous times in my own life when things have seemed dark, unclear or foggy…and then God’s word—like a lamp—brings the clarity I needed. I might not see the whole picture, but I’m able to see the next step.


Open doors can sometimes lead us into risky adventures or dangerous territory…and that’s okay! Let’s just remember that it’s God’s word that continually lights our way so we can see clearly as we move forward. Don’t shut the light off!




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