“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1 (NIV)
As a child, my mother, father, myself and one of my friends went on a trip to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. Later in life my wife and I, our son, and one of his friends stopped off to see Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico while on a trip home from Albuquerque. A few years back I toured Natural Bridge Cavern in Texas. I guess you might say I have a fixation on caves.
On the Natural Bridge tour, after you enter the cave and follow the tour guide down descending paths and steps, going ever deeper into the bowels of the earth, the guide turns all the lights out for a few seconds so you can experience how dark it is in the cave. It’s totally black; literally you can’t see your hand in front of your face. If the lights hadn’t been switched back on I would have been lost forever, if I didn’t first accidently step off a precipice into one those ‘bottomless pits” that were in the cave.
In life, everyone has his or her own caves. They can be both physical and personal. A cave can provide sanctuary…a place to withdraw if one needs personal time. A cave can provide protection when it seems like everything around you is trying to harm you. Remember when David sought protection in a cave from Saul? Cave problems come when people wander too far into them and lose sight of light and direction.
God is our light, our direction in life.
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1 (NIV) “For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.” Psalm 36:9 (NIV)
If I wonder too far back into a cave, no matter what that cave might be, God lights the path back out of darkness if I will follow it.
An everlasting light that never burns out; “Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the LORD will be your everlasting light…Isa 60:20 (NIV)
His light is always there, unless I block it out. Then it’s time to ask him to show us what the obstacle is.
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” 1Jn 1:5
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you that you are my light, an everlasting light in a sometimes a pitch black world. When times and situations look hopeless, you provide the path back to your love. Thank you for being the everlasting light in my life.