God is the Light. Quit feeding on thoughts of failure and focus instead on His Word.
“See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you.” —Isaiah60:2 (niv)
The golden glow of dawn crowned the mountain. I drummed my fingers on the steering wheel of the pickup. A cloud of dust swirled behind the horse trailer as I barreled down the dirt road to the trail head. It’d been a long week at work. My income from my commission-sales job had plummeted because of the downturn in the economy. All the joy had drained out of me, and I viewed myself as a failure. I couldn’t wait to unload my horse for an all-day trail ride.
The road meandered through a gully. The truck chugged through the curve and up a steep hill. Suddenly, the sun popped over the mountain. It reflected off the dust on the windshield and blinded me with seven thousand pounds of horse trailer pushing me. Frantically, I grasped the steering wheel and floored the brakes. The truck and trailer skidded to a stop.
I leaned my head backward against the window. My heart pounded. For that fraction of a second I was blinded to the world. All I could see and think about was the light.
I sighed. That’s what I need to do. God is the Light. Quit feeding on thoughts of failure and focus on His Word.
I had lost my peace because I’d concentrated on the darkness of failure. But I hadn’t failed because I hadn’t quit. After my horseback ride, I found encouraging verses in the Bible and meditated on them daily. At work, I expanded in new directions. It wasn’t long before I was wrapped in God’s peace once again.
Lord, thank You for showing me how to persevere by reflecting on You. —Rebecca Ondov
Digging Deeper: Jn 8:12