Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I have reached that age as an adult male, where no matter how much or how little I drink at night, I must get up in the middle of the night to visit the facility. Sometimes its 2 or 3 times a night. I have gotten pretty good at negotiating my way past furniture in the dark.

As I think about this, I remember doing the same in about every place I have lived, at one time or another. I doubt I am the only one who wonders about in the thick of night, to find relief. It is pretty amazing how quickly we become aware of our surroundings... we know there is a desk chair here or a table leg over there, and we sidestep these items to make our way.

As a parent you learn to have the children pick up toys before going to bed. This serves several good purposes, but one of the benefits is the avoidance of that midnight fall after tripping on a stuffed monkey. Yes these little land mines in the night have claimed many of us. Falling down is bad enough, but falling down in the dark can be a terrorizing experience. You cannot see what is about to submit its density into your soft tissue. When it happens, the surprise alone causes you to think it was a near death experience.

Often our knee-jerk thought is to uncover the little body who bestowed this untimely little blessing, and remind them of your potential power in handing down punishment for such careless acts of kindness.

Fortunately, the fact that knees sometimes jerk, doesn't mean we have to. The simple fact is that as we embark on our foray into the dark, the simple flipping of a switch would illuminate any potential foe, and prevent untimely upending. We could even invest in a nightlight.

Too often in our walks with Christ we do the same thing. We don't allow the light of His Word to shine into our lives because we are too busy or just fail to open it up. Unless His light is routinely shed on our path we will fall often. The cool thing is that His Word - which is "a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path" - always reflects His marvelous light on the road before us. We can be prepared to face the uncertainties in our lives if we will but enter His Word. He illuminates each necessary step, not the whole lane, but each crucial footlanding so that we can continue on in faith.

Flip the switch... open the Word!

dad

9 Comments:

At 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How true....Amen!!

 
At 4:39 PM, Blogger Praying in Pink said...

Brent,

It takes a really good writer to turn the need for nighttime trips into food for reflection and conviction. Obviously, you're a really good writer! And yes, we already knew that. . .

Last year at this time, we were praying for you and your family to be "Held" during the days of pain and prayer.

We're praying the same throughout these days. May He lift each one of you up and hold you through the long stretches of missing BJ and the small moments of change and challenge.

with tender love,

Marti and all the Piepers
Charleston, SC (which is likely to be very windy and wet sometime in the next 24 hours--please pray for those in FL and GA, too!)

 
At 5:32 PM, Anonymous Ben-Jammin said...

Brent,
Hey Haven't talked to you for a while. I thank you for keeping up the wisdom and encouragement you give through this site. You Deanna and the girls are an inpiration to me. I miss seeing you guys on Sundays and hope that our paths will cross again sometime. Until then, My prayers continue to be with you.

In Christ,
Ben Hackler

 
At 9:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

INCREDIBLE!! THANK YOU!!

 
At 9:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To praying in pink - thank you for your great posts too!! We are praying for your child that went off to college. Where are they attending? If you would rather not say on here that is ok - God knows. Just have been thinking about you and praying for you as you adjust to the change.

 
At 10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

please pray for a friend that just found out she has a disease that will claim her life before she is able to grow old. Also will probably prevent her from having children. They are pretty angry at God right now. Please pray as we try to minister to them.

 
At 8:39 AM, Blogger Praying in Pink said...

Speechless again at the prayers. Thank you so much. I think I've shared more than I ever anticipated through this forum so. . . here goes.

Like Brent and Deanna, we now have two daughters in college. Kristen is back at the University of South Carolina in Columbia (2 hours away), and Katherine (the one we took to the airport) is at San Diego State (2,000 miles away). We lived in the San Diego area for 7 years so that's "home"--but of course we miss her a great deal.

God has used Awe Star to give Katherine a heart of passion for the nations, and she believes He will use college to better equip her to reach them. Among other classes, she's taking Arabic this semester!

Remembering ALL students and teachers as we pray in pink through the storms--

Marti

 
At 9:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Marti for the beautiful update on your girls. I will pray much for both of them. Their names will be easily remembered as those are beloved names in our own family of 2 daughters!! How special!

 
At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen

 

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