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Light On The Road

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11).

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

Have you ever tried to drive a car along an unfamiliar road on a dark, foggy night? A curtain of mist hems you in and makes the sound of your motor beat with a muffled throb against your ears. You look for landmarks that have been explained to you, but your straining eyes see only the yellow glare a few feet ahead. You wonder whether you have passed the fork in the road that you were advised to take. You determine to ask the driver of the next car you meet; but his lights loom up just as he swerves to avoid hitting you, and he is gone before you can signal for him to stop. Or, if someone does stop, you find that he, too, is trying to find his way. You had started out in happy, confident spirits. Now you are lost and half afraid.

You continue your shrouded journey until the fog lifts, and you can take your bearings. Or perhaps a powerful light cuts a clean path through the blanket of mist and shows you your way. You discover where you are and which way you should be going. The worry and the fear drop from you, and you proceed once again with confidence and a light heart. There is still darkness and some fog. But you’ve found your way, and all is well. You’ve not reached your destination, but you know you’re on the right road. There may be jolts and steep grades ahead, but you are refreshed and made over by the certainty that this road w