Rusty used to have no trouble walking down the stairs in our house–until we got rid of our carpet in exchange for hardwood floors. Then I started hearing him fall and slip down the stairs at night. I guess he wasn’t used to the slippery-ness of the hardwood. Plus, he’s getting older, so I’m sure his eyesight is getting worse. (That happens to golden retrievers, right?) So we started making sure that we were around to turn the lights on for him whenever he was planning a trip down the stairs. That seemed to make things better, and with the help of the light, Rusty hasn’t had as much trouble, even though our hardwood floors are still slippery. I’ve even slipped down them a couple of times, so I can’t blame him for needing the light’s help now.
This whole situation made me think about our lives with or without Jesus. Life is slippery. But Jesus is our light. He doesn’t necessarily make the stairs in our lives any less slippery, but he does light our paths so that we’re less likely to fall down.
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'” -John 8:12