My brother Tony was born blind but made up for that with enthusiasm. Once, leading him through a low doorway, I forgot to say, “Duck down.” We fell together down the stairs. As he rubbed the knot on his forehead, we found ourselves laughing. “You’re an idiot,” he said, “but getting banged up comes with blindness. You can’t let it stop you from living.”
It was not just enthusiasm that accounted for Tony’s resilience. It was his deep faith in Christ. We talked about sight and his lack of it often. He said he had a vivid sense of God’s light within. The words “My God, you light up my darkness” were not theoretical for him. They were real and true. What did that mean for a guy who couldn’t see? I’ve thought often about that.
Tony had a mission in life. He lived to preach God’s Word and did so with exceptional passion. That’s the light of purpose. Tony lived an adventurous life. He traveled the world, often alone. That’s the light of confidence. Tony knew that one day he would see. That’s the light of hope.
Some say that we are living in dark times, and some of us feel the darkness closing in. God is a source of light that doesn’t fail. Find purpose through his direction. Take confidence in his presence. Even if his light seems just a glimmer, walk toward him. Hold fast to hope, and he will see you through.
My God, you bring light into my life. I am looking to you today for direction, purpose and hope. Thank you that I am not alone, that I have a trustworthy guide. When I stumble or fall, help me reach out for your guidance. Help me to walk with you through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Throughout This Day: Watch for opportunities to choose God’s way in your decisions. Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your conversations and interactions with others and thank him for his constant presence and power in your life.
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