15.5.08

lost and found

A change of travel routine, due to house sitting my parents home, required multiple trains, cars, and buses in recent weeks. One particular evening I missed my usual bus stop and after getting off a fair distance away, my mind quickly calculated the fastest route while ignoring practicality and safety. What began as a simple walk home, expanded into a emotional and theological journey.
Passing by my old high school I was flooded with memories of locations and events:
  - the garden where we burnt our uniform tie
  - the stairs we tried to jump but never cleared
  - the roof we played guitar and sung on

Leaving the school's illumination, the recent sun setting had a greater effect. The route became increasingly vague as my mind guessed and my feet followed the unfamiliar ground. Cement to gravel, gravel to dirt, dirt to grass, grass to knee high shrub - the unknown ahead and the surrounding darkness had become overwhelming. It was at this moment the scene instantly reversed as a high-beam from a passing car lit up the landscape. Scanning ahead with this new found vision, I reorientated my direction before the light dissolved into darkness. Pressing on, i stumbled about until another passing car set me straight - a pattern I came to rely on the rest of the journey home.

Reflecting on scripture became my safe distraction:
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119
  ...my literal experience enhancing this metaphoric truth
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8
  ...God not only provides a light - He is the light

The comfort of knowing Jesus as the ultimate way, brought the perspective needed for my little way. Arriving home, the insights during the travel were quickly forgotten as I enjoyed the warm, secure, powered living. Only writing this now causes me to remember - a future post may help rekindle more of the light and dark experience.

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