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The other day John was preparing for his sermon and he ran across an interview of a writer named E.L. Doctorow. The interviewer asked him, “Do you have any idea how a project is going to end?” Doctorow said, “The easiest way to explain it is that it’s like driving a car at night: you never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
John asked me if I knew how my story was going to end when I start one. At first, Who I said yes, because you have to have that happy ending, so you know in the end the hero and heroine will fall in love and live happily ever after. But after thinking about it, I said no, because while you may plot your story and have a certain path for your characters to follow, sometimes they get a mind of their own and want to do things not on the path you designed.
I thought Doctorow’s quote was interesting because in a way life is a lot like that. As believers in Jesus, we know the ending. The ending is just the beginning. We will get to continue on throughout eternity, being with our Lord, doing His work with other believers.
But while we know the ending, we certainly don’t know the path we will take. Some of us older ones thought we had our lives in order…all planned out, but then something happens that knocks you off your feet. And then, when you get up, you see that your path has taken a turn. It could be a nice easy path, or it could be one with muddy ruts and big stones to trip over.
But as followers of Christ, we have His light to illuminate our footsteps. No, we don’t get to see the whole road laid out before us, but we can trust Him to be with us every step of the way.
Psalm 119:105 says that His word is a lamp for your feet and a light for your path.
In John 8:12, Jesus says “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
We have all the light we need in order to take every step of the journey. But sometimes the light may seem dim and you might feel like you are stumbling over rocks and debris in the road. Maybe you need to clean your headlights or maybe your flashlight’s batteries need to be recharged.
When you find the darkness closing in, that’s the time to refocus and reconnect to the power source that gives Light to the world. Open up the Word and read about the love story of God and us. Sit still and spend time praying to the One who loves you enough bring you out of the darkness and into the light.
I think Doctorow not only had it right about writing, but about life itself when he said, it’s like driving a car at night: you never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
It’s about living in the light and trusting that light to get you around the next bend in the road.