A Light Unto My Path

Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

I have recently learned the best way to hold your head while you are walking.  You might say, “Well, that’s an odd topic for a Biblical discussion,” but I will have you know the scripture above confirms what I’ve been thinking.

You see, there are a few types of walkers; 1, those who look ahead, watching where they are going, 2, those whose heads are in the clouds or whose noses are in the air, and can barely see what is in front of them, and 3, those whose eyes on only on their feet, who can only see the next few steps.  Then, of course, these days you have people that just stare at their phones while they’re walking, so they can’t see anything, and end up walking into telephone poles.

Those who walk with their noses in the air or their heads in the clouds do not seem to care about their next few steps, because for them, those aren’t important, though for separate reasons.  The air nosers don’t care to look around them, except to glance down to see who they can step on, or who they need to step around to avoid mingling with the masses.  The cloud dreamers live in a world where what they do does not ultimately matter, but they believe they are going places nonetheless.

Teenagers and twentysomethings often belong to this latter category.

Those who walk with a phone or tablet in front of their face are the most dangerous, because they walk through life expecting others to get out of their way, and never considering that their inattention may get them hurt, or possibly get others hurt.  Certainly they cause a great deal of inconvenience, and when they inevitably do something to cause themselves harm, others have to take care of them.  They believe whatever distractions there are in the immediate present are more important than where they are going.

Others look at their feet while they are walking.  They glance up every now and again to check for big obstacles, but the focus of their attention is where they are right now.  How do I get out of this situation?  What is the next step here?  Those type of people could never play chess, since you have to think six or seven steps ahead.

Walking this way is sometimes safe, but you miss things along the way that could have altered your path.  Maybe a small sign to warn of danger ahead, or an ad promoting a sale at your favorite store.  You miss things that could prove to be important later on.

The best way to walk, however, is with your eyes pointed straight ahead.  Why, you ask?  Because you can always glance down to see your feet, and you can always glance up to the clouds to see what might be up there, but you have your eyes on the prize.  Where am I going, and how am I going to get there?  One step at a time, for sure, but looking ahead you can plan for the obstacles along the way.

Is the sidewalk out?  Best to know ten steps ahead instead of when you get right on the problem.  Does the crosswalk have a “walk” or “stop” symbol displayed?  Best to know before you start crossing the street.

While I don’t think much of those who keep their nose in the air to avoid seeing other people, I don’t think that dreamers and cloud-dwellers are bad people.  They just haven’t figured out that dreams take work to accomplish.  I also don’t think people who are cautious are bad, but when you’re looking at your feet, you can’t see the path ahead.

David said that the Word of God illuminated not just his feet, but also his path.  It doesn’t light the clouds, and it doesn’t light the screen on our phone.  It lights our path.  God wants us to know where we are; but He also wants us to see the path ahead of us.  He may obscure the end of the road, but the path should be clear. 

Keep the lamp filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit, and it will stay lit.  Keep the lamp lit, and He will guide you as you go.

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