I was feeling my way through the family room in the dark. It was pitch black as I walked through the room moving my arms in front of me in a crisscross pattern. I was trying to find the supporting pole in the middle of the room with my hands to avoid bumping into it. I had just turned out the lights and was headed to bed. After a few steps I stopped realizing I should have reached the pole by now. I waved my arms left and right and still didn’t find it. Then I felt into the darkness straight ahead. I found the pole. It was about an inch from my nose. Another step and I’d have found that pole the hard way.
It strikes me that the way I often try to live life is much like my trip through the darkness. I’m confident I can find my way without bumping into anything when I’m closer to peril than I think. But Psalm 32:8 reminds me of God’s care for me when I heed His instruction. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (ESV). I often pray this passage with gratitude for the Lord’s guidance and instruction in my life. There’s no better way to face life than with God’s eye on me and His Word guiding me.