Human life has not been on the easiest path since Genesis 3 happened, but it is not left desolate. It is true that there is much hurt in our world, but there is hope also. In fact, unlike pain which can be limited and passing, hope is permanent, living, and forever present.
Hope gets impaired at times, but living hope is unbroken, it’s inseparable from the righteous path.
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.Proverbs 4:18
The passage does not say that the path of the righteous has not got holes, or steep uphills and scary slopes, just that his/her path shines with light that gets better and better with each step. The righteous is the man and woman who have been redeemed by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. This means they are made anew. They are light and brought to light because of this new relationship with God through Christ.
The righteous may face the same, I would say at times even worse, challenging situations than other people do, still, they seem to be brighter, hopeful, encouraging, enduring and I would dare to say better by it.
I speak with tenderness from personal experience about this and I back that even strongly with stories from the Bible and friends whom I have journeyed with through the valley of pain.
The path I am talking about here is not easy, it’s not happy all the way. The path requires patience and trust. And although at times the light in the path feels more like is deeming and extinguishing rather than brightening with each step, Jesus Christ has promised that the light of hope stays switched on constantly.
The last 19 months have been dark and have felt ‘hopeless’ for many. Covid 19 restrictions have numbed a part of us that will require patience, time, and grace to heal. We may feel tempted to leave the path, hurry in it or exit it for a change. Still…
We can’t hurry healing.LD
We like to think all is well now and that normality has kicked off, still, let’s continue to stay on the light path. The love of God heals as nothing else does. He is the way, so, we linger in that righteous path, we ask for help, we receive help, and have the forbearance to heal.
As the restrictions of Covid ease off, we must stop and enjoy the smiles that have been muzzled off for longer than the mind can bear it. As we learn to take more steps to normality, let’s not run them. Our hearts need the living hope to revive us again, to breathe in us again, to rebuild us.
Be patient in the path. Stay in the path.
Get in the path.
How to get on the path?
By surrendering to Jesus, to His love to His salvation, to His Hope. He came more than two millennia ago to show the way, to be the way. He came to our world when darkness covered the earth and brought light and the only hope for humanity. Since then, no matter how dark our world gets, or how much pain knocks us down, we have hope. Jesus is our light and hope.
Let us lean on His love.