Ps 119: 105 Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. New American Standard (NAS)
Have you ever fallen on a hike? Our lives sometimes look like a stumble or fall that makes us wonder “where is the light on my path”? Most hikers have slid down a slope, slipped on the ice to our knees or slapped our body parts on the hard ground at some time. My friend was going through chemotherapy and still wanted to hike with me. On our way down the path, she slid badly and landed on her tail bone. (Not the person in the picture below – another friend). Painfully she laid there while her body adjusted to a sudden change from vertical to horizontal. She started to cry from the pain. She had to get down the mountain even if it required us to slow down and lend her our support. She was in bed the next day and had to sit very carefully for a week to heal. It happens so quickly, a financial or health downturn, friends or family arguments, or personal crisis of faith and down we go. We are in shock for a time, grieve about the change the path has taken, and feel the pain of that change. But we have no choice but to get up and go on, cautiously. We need some human and supernatural support to continue on our path. Healing does come after a time of rest and reflection. We may be more cautious. But we do hike again.
What fall have you experienced recently? How do you get back on your path after a time of falling and pain?