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Walking Safely in the Dark
Lou Choat

Life often feels like walking in the dark. We can’t see where we are going, what we might bump into or trip over, or problems that lie ahead.

One day it occurred to me, When I’m walking in the dark, I can hold on to God’s hand! That way I can feel His love, protection, and guidance.

And I don’t need to struggle to hold on to God’s hand. He reaches out to me and has more than enough strength to hold on (Psalm 37:23,24). My responsibility is to keep my hand available to Him. He wants me to depend on Him (Psalm 63:7-8).

A few weeks after this revelation I came across Isaiah 42:16-19 (NASB), which says, “[God] will lead the blind by a way they do not know.” I realized that God wants me to depend on Him as though I were blind. I tried to imagine what life would be like if I needed a guide for every step, and then I thought about what it would be like to depend on God to that extent. Wow!

Recently I came across two more passages that reinforced these thoughts: 

  • When I walk in darkness God doesn’t want me to make my own light; that is, to figure things out for myself (Isaiah 50:10,11). That can be disastrous!
  • God gives me all the light I need (Psalm 18:28). 

To be honest, darkness and not knowing are uncomfortable for me. I often find myself trying to make my own way and live by my own resources and abilities.

Yet I have learned that I never need to stumble around in the dark. I can depend on God to guide me. I have begun to put my hand in God’s hand when I wake up in the morning so I will let Him lead me that day—where I go, what I do, and what I say. He will take me where I need to go and keep me safe.

Lou and Ken Choat serve with Navigators Encore in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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