A light for my path: Trusting God in the next step

Hal Moore holds a Bible and a lamp to light his path. Sunday, January 16, 2022. (Photo illustration by: Xander Ordinola)
Hal Moore holds a Bible and a lamp to light his path. Sunday, January 16, 2022. (Photo illustration by: Xander Ordinola)

I was a homeschooled sophomore from Rhode Island visiting Great Lakes Adventist Academy (GLAA) in Cedar Lake, Michigan, for Academy Days back in 2017. Elementary and high school students from all over came to GLAA to tour the campus, talk with teachers and meet potential future classmates. Faculty and students worked hard to present their school as a welcoming, uplifting and fun place to be. 

During the weekend, I listened to the music groups, watched the gymnastics show (which to this day still awes me), ate the food and stayed in the dorm. I was pushed out of my very narrow, shy comfort zone to talk to new people, find my way around and try to envision myself going to this school. It was exciting but also nerve-wracking, and I wasn’t sure if this was the right next step for me. 

Sunday night, all the girls gathered in the basement of the girls’ dorm to sing and have worship. The harmonies were rich and amazing, and I started to feel at home. Then, after a welcome from the sweet dean, one of the seniors named Jennifer Landis came up front and started talking. She read Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (NASB), and told us how she ended up coming to GLAA. Near the end of her worship, she said something that I’ll probably never forget. She spoke while standing in the front of the chapel and holding her Bible in front of her.

“If the Bible is a lamp, and I’m standing in one place, it’s only lighting up a little circle in front of me,” Landis said. “It won’t give light for my path unless I take a step forward.” 

She took a step forward. 

“Then, when I step out in faith, I can see a little more of the path I should take.”

This simple illustration was so helpful to me, and I learned that night that God loves to lead His children using the tools that He’s given us. It strengthens us to step out in faith, trusting in God and His promises. 

With God’s leading, I took the step to go to GLAA. While it wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done, it grew me in many ways and prepared me for college.

If you’re struggling with your next step this semester, I encourage you to hold onto God and His lamp, and step forward. Text that friend who you haven’t texted in a while. Do the hard class. Change your major. Get out of your comfort zone and see where God leads!

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