Friday, January 24, 2014

Walking in Darkness, Expect a Fall

I know the streets around our neighborhood very well as my husband and I both enjoy walking for exercise.  Previous hurricanes have uprooted trees and left the sidewalks terribly uneven.  Sometimes the difference may be as great as several inches, so we often choose to walk in the street when traffic allows.

The street, however, sometimes isn't much better.  But that wasn't my excuse for falling Tuesday night.

We had gone out to walk late in the evening and I had intended to bring the new, bright flashlight my husband had just bought for me that day and simply forgot. We had been walking for a while when we approached a dark area near a brook which runs through our neighborhood.   Suddenly, I found myself hurled at the asphalt at what seemed to be an alarming rate.  I hit the road and hit hard.

My first thought when I got up was to thank the Lord for the new leather gloves my daughter Emmie had given me for Christmas.  Without them, my hands would have been torn up by the rough pavement.  My right knee and elbow were skinned even through my jeans and coat.

All of my injuries seemed to be very minor, except for my elbow (yes, the same one that has recurrent tennis elbow.)  Because of my failure to utilize the light available to me, I bear the bruising and swelling that are evidences of my injury.

It reminded me that we have a choice in life.  We can walk in darkness, not believing what the Scriptures says is true of us as Christians, or we can walk in light, in Him who IS the Light.  If we choose to walk in darkness, like  my experience this week, we can expect a fall.

I John 1:7
"But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin."

John 8:12
"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the Light of the world; He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of life."

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