Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
Sing it, Willie, sing it. It was around noon on a Tuesday in July when I could once again hear Willie’s words rolling around in my ears. Yup, we were “on the road again” and this time we were going on a really long and really big adventure. My wife Judy and I, along with a couple of our friends, were going to England on a mission trip to love on some folks from Africa who now live in England. Africa has long held a special place in our hearts, so we were really excited about serving those special folks.
You probably have already figured out that we couldn’t drive to England, and you probably also know that these days anything to do with airports and planes can be just a little chaotic. Well, this time was no different. We got checked in, they were kind enough to relieve us of our luggage and then it was time to go through security. I’ve done this enough to know the ropes. I wear pants that don’t require a belt and shoes that don’t have laces. I put everything possible in my backpack, so my pockets are all empty…just the way the security people like it. Check, check, and check. Not only was I on the road again but I was ready to roll through security.
Soon it was my turn to go through the security thingy. There are two kinds of machines that they use. First is the metal detector thingy and then there is the body scan thingy. I drew the body scan thingy. So, you step into this booth thing, put your feet on the two yellow shoe spots on the floor, raise your hands above your head and wait. The person causally says, “Don’t move” and this thing takes a picture of your whole body and makes sure you don’t have anything that you shouldn’t. Well, my rolling through security was about to hit a snag. And it all started with me trying to do the right thing.
As I stepped into the booth and raised my hands, I quickly glanced down and noticed one of my feet was not on the yellow spot. So, I slid my foot over. Unfortunately, that was just about the time that she mashed the magic button and, well, I failed the test. She asked me to step out and told me, “You moved.” Well, I said, “Well, let’s just do it again.” “Oh no,” she said, “anyone who moves get a special prize. You get to have a full body search. Please step over here.” Bewildered and wondering, I stepped over.
Soon, there was an officer, explaining and apologizing for what was about to happen. There was no magic metal detecting wand, no, he had to check me out…carefully. So, well, it wasn’t fun, it was embarrassing, and I learned an important lesson about those two words, “Don’t move.” You see, in the end it didn’t matter that my intentions were good. In the end it didn’t matter that I was trying to do the right thing. The only thing that mattered is that I moved…I broke the rules and because of that there was a price to pay. Bummer.
Well, here is the deal. That is true in airport security…trust me, I know. But it is also true in life. We often seem too think that the rules of life were meant for someone else. Or often we just assume that we can get a “do over.” Well, here is a news flash. The rules of life apply to everyone…the rich and famous and the everyday Joe. And very often, there is not a do over. There’s an old saying that says, “do the crime and you’ll do the time.” Well, I sure learned that applies to airport security. Smile.
One of the things I love to share is that when God gave us the Bible it wasn’t to hurt us…it was to help us. It wasn’t a book to put us in shackles but rather a Book to set us free. I know that when I pay attention to His Word, I have fewer regrets and smaller circumstances. Trust me…it is true. So, even if you aren’t a God person, you might want to check out the Bible. It sure seems that life just goes better when we follow His rules and take His advice.
In the Bible it says that God’s word is like a lamp to guide our feet and a light for our path. If you’ve ever walked in a dark room or down a dark path, you know the value of a flashlight. Starting today, why not let the Word of God be your flashlight? Better yet why not invite God to be your guide? After all, He knows the way, has never made a mistake, and is just waiting to help you. He’s got this. Bro. Dewayne