On the weekends, my husband and I like to have the shades pulled completely down, so that we can get an extra hour of sleep without the sun shining in to wake us. The shades are the blackout, room darkening type. And let me tell you they work!
Often times (at my age…) I need to get up in the middle of the night for water or the bathroom. It’s those times I can’t see my hand in front of my face! I’m so thankful that my cell phone has a light. It isn’t very bright, but in the total blackness, it is like a beacon shining. It lights my path, wherever I need to go.
Many times, when I feel the Lord’s urging to do something new for Him, I hesitate. Why? Because I can’t see the way and the how. I’m a process driven person, and I just can’t figure out how He wants me to do what He has asked me to do! And you know what? It scares me to step out into the darkness, not being able to see my way clearly.
Do you feel like that? Has God called you into an area of service, and you are petrified to take that first step, lest you fall?
“The Lord God is a sun and shield…” Ps 84:11a
Here’s what I always forget during those times of fear: The Lord God is my sun. He will shine His light and show me the way. I only need to take the first step. Then His light will illuminate further, and enable me to take the next step. He is my sunlight to guide me in times of darkness and fear.
But what then? We’ve taken that first step. In faith, we are beginning to serve where He has led. But what if…what if we totally mess up! What if Satan throws obstacles in our well lit path, so we become discouraged?
The Lord God is a sun AND a shield.
Ahhhh, a shield. A small defensive frame used to block blows or other forms of attack.
God is our shield – He defends us! He blocks those attacks that may discourage us or make us fearful. He is ever present and on guard to protect us. Did you hear that? HE WILL PROTECT US. Rest in that truth!
Our faithful God will light the path He has set before us. Not only that, He will protect us as we travel where He leads. We need only to cling to Him.
Grace be with you,