I remember going through a “very” scary spook house a few Halloween’s ago and getting the stuff scared out of me. What stuff I will not share in this blog. But it was not good. The darker it got, the more scared I got! And then it happened. Someone who was supposed to scare you as part of the spook house grabbed me. I literally felt pins and needle pain going through my neck and I wanted to get away from it, but we had just begun the trek through the spook house. We endured many more times of being poked and prodded and scared to death. I was so relieved when the door to the outside opened and we could see light.
Life pokes us from time to time and it is like our lives are going through this darkened spook house with supposed danger all around us. Keep in mind that it is supposed danger…. We should never underestimate the evil that is after us, but we should never, never underestimate the power of the one who defends us. God is not only the light at the end of the tunnel, but He is also the light “in” the tunnel. His presence is real when we stop screaming long enough from the pressures of life and just concentrate on Him, and His comfort, and strength. Look at what Paul wrote to the church at Corinth in 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 . 8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
I am the type to many times get scared and worry about things that aren’t even there and satan pulls me around at times with a ring in my spiritual nose. But that cannot be if I am going to live in the strength and power of the Lord. I need His light to show me my failings and lead me to better pastures. Better places to walk and live and breath. I was raised riding horses and trained barrel racers and cutting horses from the time I was a young boy. When I surrendered to the ministry all of my horse training days ended and a huge place in my life was all of a sudden empty. In looking back I have fond memories of an appaloosa I raised from a colt and I called him Rex. Not much of a name for a horse, but an awesome horse. In the town we lived in the only way I could board him was to dry lot him in a small barn. I would walk to the barn every day and train Rex about twenty minutes, and then longer as he got older. Sometimes I would just sit in front of him and tell him all my troubles and he would kind of look at me like he understood. After that counseling session I would feed him and then put him up for the night. Get this. I was sharing my problems and my dreams with a horse who might have understood my feelings, but probably not my words. We moved quite a bit in ministry and it was very evident that taking a horse everywhere with us was not going to work, so I had to sell Rex. It broke my heart, but it was for the best. My horse counselor was gone and I turned my counseling session over to The Wonderful Counselor, Jesus Christ. He really DID know what I was saying and his strength ministered to my weakness in a wonderful way. And Jesus is with me all the time, just ready to listen and give instruction. That light is my light and my point of reference.
So when I walk in the light, I am walking in His light and the darkness doesn’t have control when that happens. When life is like a spook house my Jesus pours in his light to give me relief and comfort. Thank you Jesus!! So who are you walking with and in who’s light? If you want the real light, pure light, it must be God’s light. This light gives us the power to make right our wrongs again and again and cleanse us to make us whole. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. God is faithful and He is the light we need to be walking in and in Him there is NO darkness. Our lives should mirror that kind of righteousness.
The Pilgrimage continue…..