Monday, October 10th, 2011
The Light Switch
You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
Psalm 18:28 (NIV)
I flew home from Dallas early one Sunday morning. The flight left at 5:30 a.m., so it was still dark. Sleepy passengers lined up in surprising abundance. I planned to do my daily Bible study and prayer on the plane, and I laid everything out when I sat down. Then I looked up, pressed the reading light, and it didn't work. I considered my options.
Passengers were still boarding, so calling the flight attendant would have to wait. I wondered if she could fix it. I wondered if someone would switch seats with me. I wondered if God just wanted me to sleep. A few minutes later the flight attendant said 'sorry,' and I decided I was not supposed to read. Everything happens for a reason. So I closed my eyes, and we took off.
Twenty minutes later I opened my eyes to the beginning of a glorious sunrise. The plane was heading east. Time zones were changing, and the sun was rising right outside my window in a dramatic display of color. I considered the new day, God's new mercy, new blessings, and I realized I might have missed the sunrise if my reading light was on.
Soon, abundant light was up, glowing, warm, and vivid--plenty for reading. A message came to me, 'You do not need man's light to see. My light is more than enough.' Everything God does is bigger, better, and more than enough.
Therefore, when a plan doesn't work out, when we are waiting in darkness, instead of switching to a new plan or asking man's help, wait on God. His light is more than enough, and He will reveal to you a better plan.