Every morning Melinda and I take Darlene and Tobi for a two mile walk in the National Park. It’s a great way to start the day. Beginning every morning in nature brings a great appreciation of God’s marvelous creation. There’s a beautiful consistency to the seasonal changes that take place each year. If I close my eyes and hit the fast forward button of the film in my head, I can see a remarkable time lapse of winter, spring, summer and fall.
One thing’s for certain, the fall means spider webs, lots of them. I especially hate spider webs! The problem is my height. When walking – because I’m taller than the average person – I catch, full in the face, the spider web that everyone else avoided by walking underneath. There’s nothing quite like a face full of sticky web, and the thought that the spider’s now on my body somewhere.
Spider webs are very difficult to see. That, of course, is what makes them so effective at catching prey for the spider. Add sunlight, however, and you can easily spot the web. There’s no greater example of this than a field in the fall. On our normal morning path we walk out of the forest and through a field. If you look to your right or left across the field you will not see one spider web. However, if you turn around – with the morning sun now at your back – you will see literally thousands of spider webs, each with a spider sitting right in the middle of the web. It’s amazing.
It’s also a great illustration of what it’s like to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ – the Light of the world. The Psalmist said, “The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment.”
Sometime, if you’re looking for a great word study, go to one of the online Bibles and type in “light”. You will find hundreds of verses. You will quickly come to understand that God is light, and that evil lurks in the shadows and the darkness. As the preacher wrote in Ecclesiastes 2:3, “Light is better than darkness.”
The beauty of walking with Christ is that with Him you’re always walking in the light. That light reveals the darkness within us, and also reveals the darkness around us. Again, Ecclesiastes 11:7, “Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.” Psalm 118:27, “The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine on us.”
So, rejoice today with the Psalmist in saying, “The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.”
“You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.” 2 Samuel 22:29