The Navigator

“Give light and people will find their own way.”                                                                                                                                                            This statement was actually at the end of a TV show, as a tag line for Scripps entertainment.  As a lighthouse shines for ships to navigate dark waters, our Savior provides a guiding light to lead us safely on our journeys. There are many bible verses that mention light and paths.

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

2 Samuel 22:2; You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light.

Isaiah 42:16;  I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.

Often, I rely on the GPS navigator in my car to guide me to a destination when I am unfamiliar with my surroundings. I feel comfortable and trust that my navigator will get me to my goal, even if I turn off the intended path and the route has to be recalculated. My SmartPhone even has a navigator available.  The features (touted on the provider’s site) include “spoken turn-by-turn navigation with real-time traffic, 3D city views with real-life road signs, and traffic routing and alerts, as well as area speed limits.” It’s great to get that level of detail guiding me to my ultimate destination!  The lighthouse was one of the original navigators, providing light for captains to avoid sandbars, rocky shores, and illuminate the seas.

The Bible is the navigator that provides illumination for us to find our way on our daily journey; it is our navigator for directing us along the right paths (and rerouting, if necessary), guiding us in unfamiliar territory, and providing us with speed limits and road signs, as well as routing us through traffic. God's Word -- both Scripture and his Son -- light our dark paths, allowing us to find our way home.

Sarah Thompson

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