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  • Writer's pictureKerry Sue Teravskis

IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  Psalm 119:105  (NIV) 

 

It was dark, it was midnight and it was the jungle.  In a foreign country, we were  completely relying on a national guide to get not only me, but my husband and friends to see an unique sight.  Having never been in the jungle nor seen one, gave us an edge of excitement, but a moment of truth – either we believe our guide, or we don’t.  We decided to believe because we wanted to see giant sea turtles lay eggs.  There are only two spots in the world where this happens, and we were on one of those two beaches.

 




Our guide did lead us to the correct beach, and we did spot one lone sea turtle.  It was beautiful to behold.  We were able to watch the whole process and stand in awe of our Creator God as our eyes adjusted to the moonlight, the jungle surroundings, the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean in Costa Rica.

 

What made this moment memorable was driving force of the event – ignorant language school students relying on a local to get them to see an event unique to that part of the world.  We had no way of knowing where we were going.  We needed a guide.  He was the one who knew where we were and what to look for.  We didn’t even know if we were safe nor going in the right direction. 

 



We had to trust.

 

As it is with God, we have to trust Him.  He is the Light of the world (John 8:12).  He shines where we are and where we need to go.   

 

God does shine His light but because we get distracted along the way, wander when we see a shining object, or listen to nay-sayers, our vision gets clouded.  Notice, it is not God’s light getting dimmer, it is our inability to see or recognize it because of issues on our end.  We are not connected, so to speak, to the source – we have unplugged ourselves from the wall. 

 

Much of history did not have the written Word of God – it took years to have it completed.  When Jesus was on earth, the only Scriptures were the Old Testament.  When Paul was planting churches and encouraging believers, he was at the same time, writing about half the New Testament.

 

Nowadays, we have the Bible in its entirety.  All sixty-six books for us to read, peruse, memorize, find comfort, and be challenged to grow in our walk with God.  We can say as the psalmist did in Psalm 119:105 –

 

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.  (KJV)

 

The truth is still the same – our relationship with God is at the center of it all.  Without His guiding Light, His Spirit leading us, the words on the page are just that – words.  But they come alive when recognize Jesus is the Living Word (John 1:1-2) and He makes all the difference.  He lights up God’s Word to us.  The very breath of life available to us and written down for us to glean, get guidance, and understanding of who God is.

 

Back in the jungles of Costa Rica, we quickly realized while they are beautiful, they are inhospitable for humans.  Swamp-like conditions include insects of enormous sizes, oppressive heat and humidity, deafening sounds of animals calling to one another and darkness because of the massive growth of flora.  It was and is breath-taking.  Many a time while there we would be in awe of plant sizes and its leaves, the sheer noise of the insects and the cries of the monkeys.  A lonely non-tourist destination; a blip on a map.  This fact made it a mind-over-matter situation. 

 



We were out of our element, and we knew it.  Our guide lived there, knew his way around and was very comfortable.  We were anything but.

 

However, we were fascinated enough to stay engaged and learn.

 

Not unlike our walk with Jesus.  He knows.  He sees.  He listens.  He’s comfortable in His kingdom.  He is ready and willing to be our Guide to show us His Father, His Kingdom, His ways.

 

Are you ready to be led?  Are you needing His Light in your jungle?  Are you exhausted trying to figure it our on your own and tired of getting lost? 

 

Why not ask Jesus to help?  He’s available right now.


PRAYER

 

Oh Father, how amazing You are.  No matter where I find myself, I can call out and You hear.  You lead me where I need to go.  You light my path, my ways; You are patient and kind with me as I gingerly take one step and a time.  I am afraid to step into the unknown, or onto some fear I have.  However, I do trust.  I believe You will lead me and be with me every single step of the way.  I am ready.  In the name of Jesus, my source of Strength.  AMEN

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