I am experiencing a new way of learning this year—night classes! I moved back home to save some money, so I attend classes at a local college. Usually when I get home on my longest night of classes it is around 9:30-10:00. I am sleepy and worn out. As I head on the highway, cranking up my Christian music and singing as loud as I can, I discovered something.
I watch as the headlights in my car illuminate my path, just enough so I can see a little ways in front of me. Isn’t that what Christ does for us? He gives us just enough direction, help, encouragement to see what is facing us that day, hour, minute. He doesn’t show us the entire path, just enough of what we are facing in that moment. As much as I would love for Him to tell me exactly what I will be facing for the rest of my life, I am glad He doesn’t . I am worrier, so that wouldn’t be beneficial for me. I would be over thinking every situation.
Unfortunately, we live in a scary world, filled with family problems, illness, violence, economic crisis, poverty, you name it. But, Christ is our light in that darkness. He gives us just enough light to make it through that moment. I know I couldn’t make it without Christ. I try to be a strong, independent woman and do things on my own, but that’s not how it works. I try and fail because I am suppose to be depending on God. We don’t like to seem weak, but we are weak. The world says: “Do it on your own. You don’t need anyone but yourself. Strong, independent women are the ones that will make it in this world.” Christ reminds me, “Rest in Me. I love you so much that I would die for you. Trust in Me because I hold your life in my hands. Stop wearing yourself out by trying to do it all on your own.”
2 Corinthians 12:9-11
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Paul definitely got it right. He realized that he was strongest when he was weak. What a concept! The world would laugh at that, but Christ can do amazing things through out weaknesses.
I imagine driving home from class without my lights on. I would get lost or go right into the ditch. Without Christ’s guidance in our life, without His light guiding our path, we get lost and confused. As I am writing this, I am being convicted. I haven’t been turning my “lights” on. I haven’t been relying on Christ’s strength and reading my “car manual”, the Bible. It is time to go back to the basics.
I can just keep the lights on and go about my day lost, worn out, confused. Or I could turn my high beams on, trusting God will light my path and guide me in the right direction.
Psalm 119: 105
Your word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path.