FRIDAY, AUGUST 28
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
Psalm 23:4 (ESV)
WALKING IN THE DARK
Pastor John Jones told this story, “I remember a story told to me by a friend who flew combat choppers in VietNam. He was radioed to a secret mission one night which required him to fly in total darkness, totally by instruments. Hovering above a jungle under heavy cloud cover, he told me that it seemed you could cut the darkness with a knife. He radioed to his man on the ground and said, “What can you give me?” The guy had not even a flashlight. The landing had to be so precise, in a small “postage” stamp in the middle of the jungle. An error of five feet could crash the chopper and kill them all. Finally, the man on the ground said, “I have a lighter!” He said “Light it and hold it up.” So, in the middle of the jungles of Southeast Asia, on a top secret warfare mission, a combat chopper pilot landed by the light of a zippo lighter that pierced the darkness.”
Psalm 23:4 gives us some little flickers of light to follow when we are walking in dark valleys. The takeaways Mike gave us on Sunday were: 1) Refuse to be discouraged; 2) Remember God is with me; and 3) Rely on God’s protection and guidance.
Which of Mike’s three takeaways was the most helpful for you to hear? How has God given you a flicker of hope in your current dark valley?
Light a candle sometime today and reflect on God being light. Use the metaphor to spark a time of prayer and praise to God.