Light As We Go
Now that I’m past the Biblical "three-score-and-ten," I have begun writing devotionals for those of us in our 70s, 80s, and 90s. Feel free to enjoy the following meditation!
Of all the aisles in the grocery, I like the frozen food aisle best. I walk through it every week, even when there are no frozen items on my grocery list. Why? For the joy of "enlightenment." Here’s how it works:
Start when the aisle is empty of other shoppers. The motion-sensitive lights in the freezer cases will be dark. As you begin moving, light dawns step by step.
As you near the pizza section, the case lights up. Approach the frozen vegetables, and brightness bursts upon you. Get close to “Dinners and Entrées,” and they are illuminated. At the end of the aisle, look back with a smile. Your entire path has been bathed in light—just when you needed it!
Each time I enjoy this experience, two verses pop into my mind: "Light is shed upon the righteous..." (Ps. 97:11, NIV) and "The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day" (Prov. 4:18, NIV).
I used to think the light of God’s guidance was mostly for the young. After all, they are the ones who need wisdom for choosing careers and spouses. But now I know better. Guidance is a lifelong necessity, especially for the journey through old age.
We need enlightenment for when to retire, how much to downsize, which medical procedures to undergo, how to navigate bereavement, how to stretch our finances, how to serve the Lord as strength declines. It’s all new territory. After all, we’ve never been old before!
I take comfort in the happy experience of two old men needing guidance recorded in Genesis 24. Aged Abraham calls his oldest servant and gives him the solemn task of finding a wife for Isaac. Uncertainty abounds in this assignment. But Abraham assures his servant that God “will send his angel ahead of you” to light the way (Gen. 24:7).
So the aging servant sets off in faith, bringing gifts for the unknown bride-to-be. He saturates his journey with prayers for guidance. The Lord lights his path step by step. Whenever the servant recognizes God’s help, he pauses to praise God. He gives witness to the joyful experience of finding light as we go: “As for me, being on the way, the LORD led me” (Gen. 24:27, NKJV).
The is true for us. The Lord illumines our path step by step as we walk prayerfully down the aisle of our later years. At the end of our days, we can look back with a grateful smile. Our entire path has been bathed in light—just when we needed it!
- Marion Speicher Brown