When You Go Down To The Woods…
Having been at BBC for over a year now it’s more than Likely that I’ve told this story before, but please bear with me as I think it is relevant. As a teenager I was a member of the Air Training Corps, and was invovled through them in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Part of each award level involves an expedition which tests your map reading, communication, teamwork and camping skills, and each day of the expedition you had to get from point A to point B within a certain amount of time.
Well, there must have been something wrong with our map (!!) as we managed to get well and truly lost. We missed the arrival time because we missed the place we were supposed to arrive at, and found ourselves in the middle of some woods as the sun went down and rain started to fall. We were very confused and disoriented and didn’t really know what to do, and after a while anxiety began to creep in.
Then, in the distance, we saw a small light coming towards us. After a while we saw that on the end of the light was a hand; on the end of the hand an arm; and on the end of the arm, one of our instructors. Somehow he had found us and come to take us to the safety of the campsite. We had never felt so relieved, or grateful…or sheepish.
Today there are so many of us who feel like we’re wandering around in the dark, lost and confused by what is going on. It doesn’t matter which way we look, we can’t find a way out and so we get anxious, and stressed. What we need is someone to shine a light into our darkness; someone to come and rescue us and to show us the way out of the situation and lead us to a place of safety.
In John Chapter One we read this about Jesus – “Through him all things were made…in him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it (some versions, has not overcome it).” In the woods, the first thing that gave us hope was seeing the light; the second was recognising the person holding it; the third was knowing they could be trusted to lead us to safety because they knew the way. In today’s situation, all of these things can be said about Jesus – He shines the light on us, He comes into our darkness to find us and rescue us; and if we trust Him He can and will lead us to safety – ultimately the safety of His Father’s House where there are many rooms, each one prepared by Jesus for one of His followers. but not only can He do all these things, He is all these things – John 14 v6 – “I am the way and the truth and the life. no-one omes to the Father except through me.”
So when we feel like we’re blundering round, lost and confused, look for the Light. Because the Light is looking for you. And be encouraged by the fact that the Light will always defeat the darkness – even the darkness of Covid 19. We can trust this Light because He not only knows the way, He is the way. May He overcome this current darkness in our lives; and may we know the reality of His overcoming the darkness of sin, death and hell in our lives too.
God bless, stay well