Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life. John 8:12 (NLT)
This morning, I remembered a song I heard many years ago. It is called I Am the Lighthouse by the Gaither Vocal Band. Here are some of the words
In the midst of World War II with tensions running high...
Off the eastern seaboard, one dark and foggy night...
The captain sighted out ahead, just off the starboard side, the beacon of another ship.... The two would soon collide.
"Adjust your course ten degrees to the north," he radioed ahead.
Much to his amazement, the 'ship' replied instead...
"Adjust your course ten degrees to the south."
The captain felt a chill.
His eyes grew cold and narrowed, and the two drew closer still.
"I'm the captain of this vessel, and this is a command.
Adjust your course ten degrees to the north, or receive a reprimand."
Again, the voice replied, as calm and smooth as glass...
"Adjust your course ten degrees to the south. I'm a seaman, second class."
I'm a U. S. Naval Destroyer," snapped the captain with a shout, "Now adjust your course, ten degrees, no discussion. Over and out."
They drew unnervingly closer; his eyes fixed on the light.
This time the voice ripped through the air like lightning tears the night.
"I am the lighthouse.
How many times do we set our course and announce, "I am the captain of my own life and I will do what I want." only to steer ourselves toward a rocky shoal? The next verse of the song says:
The path you choose is perilous
Destruction lies ahead if you delay
But if you'll trust me
I will lead you through safely
Adjust your course and you'll be on your way.
If you'll trust me......God says that to us all the time. Trust me. Trust me. And still, we think we can see the path clearly when in fact we can't see a thing.