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Turning on the Light

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.  Psalm 119:105 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.I was ready for bed after traveling all day to visit my family.

Unable to find the flashlight in my parents’ basement, I turned off the overhead light and headed back to the pullout couch. Darkness surrounded me, engulfing me so tightly I lost my way. I stopped. The basement was furnished with several tables and chairs and had two cement support poles, but no nightlight. Like a blindfolded child playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey, I shuffled slowly toward what I hoped would be the couch wondering how I could have become this disoriented in just a few seconds.

I felt the table, but knew one cement pole was nearby. My arm stretched in front of me, reaching for anything solid. I missed the pole. Taking one more step, my body straddled the pole. I laughed as I rubbed my head. The experience taught me an important lesson: I need to turn on the light to find my way. 

Too many times, we underestimate our need for the light of God’s Word. We hurry into the day, trying to see the way, only to find we are engulfed in darkness. Psalm 119 reminds us God’s Word is the light we need. He will help us find our way no matter how dark it is.

Resist the urge to rush ahead without turning on the light. Flip on the switch of your heart by reading His Word, and trust Him to light your way. 

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Julie Miller

Julie Miller is a wife, mother, and writer. She has over twenty years of elementary school teaching experience and writes to encourage teachers and to help readers walk more closely with God. For free encouragement, visit her blog at www.highfivesforteachers.com.


  1. We enjoyed reading your devotional, Julie, and remember the event!! What a good illustration and one we have experienced, both ways, with and without the light. It''s amazing how much better we do with the light on!!