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Lights Will Guide You Home

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Beth

Authored by Beth Jordan (a guest contribution)

I was driving home late one night with the windows rolled down, the wind making a mess of my hair. There was not much traffic on the road. I was listening to the radio when the song “Fix You” by Coldplay came on.

When you try your best, but you don’t succeed
When you get what you want, but not what you need …

These first two phrases caught my attention, so I began to listen carefully to the rest of the song. And I found that it was as if I was listening to a story—my story.

When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep
Stuck in reverse …

More important to me than the tune of a song are its lyrics; when I connect with them, I usually can’t pull away.

And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can’t replace …

I drove past my house and kept on driving down the street, then around the block, wondering where the journey of the song was taking me.

And then it was clear:

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
I will try to fix you.

“Lights will guide you home,” I repeated aloud, moved deeply by the power of those words. The song continued as I drove on through the quiet streets.

High up above or down below
When you’re too in love to let it go
But if you never try you’ll never know
Just what you’re worth.

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
I will try to fix you.1

The song came to a close and I pulled into the driveway.

“Lights will guide you home,” I said again. Once, then twice, as I stayed glued to my seat. There was such power in those words, in that simple, yet profound thought.

Memories flooded my mind, filling my heart with tender emotions, and a smile crossed my face.

I lay my head back on the headrest and closed my eyes. “Jesus,” I prayed aloud, “thank You that Your light has always guided me home.”

I sat in the car for nearly 20 minutes, thinking, remembering the many times when I felt lost or alone or confused—times when life had hit me like a ton of bricks. But then the light of God’s love and care was always there to guide me home—back into His loving arms. And this light has come in many forms for me—a friend who came to see me at just the right time, making sure I didn’t feel alone; my mom or dad who gave their support and encouragement when I needed it most; a stranger out of the blue who shed some new perspective on my life and thinking; and, of course, His light has shone through the love of my life, my husband, whose idealism and passion for life has many a time been like the sun breaking through the clouds on a stormy day.

I realized that His light has always shone on my heart. It never turned off, never ran out of power, never dimmed, never had clouds covering its brilliance. Whenever I stopped and looked, His light was always there to guide me home.

John 8:12 reads, “Then Jesus spoke to them again, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’”2

I used to picture Jesus like a brightness all around, continually shining in all its brilliance, something like how we would picture God. But now that I picture it a little differently, the concept that Jesus is my light becomes all the more meaningful to me.

I picture something like a scene from Lord of the Rings where Frodo is crawling along in the dark, tired and exhausted, barely able to see anything. Dangers lurk, drawing closer. He is feeling completely alone in his quest, not knowing who to trust or who is out to get him. This goes on for a long time, to where things start to look hopeless and he wonders if it will be dark forever. But then, there comes the light, shining above him, lighting his way, showing him where to walk, warming him in its glow.

To me, a scene like that is awesome because of the way that light becomes so much more powerful in the midst of darkness. And in many ways that is exactly how Jesus’ light is to us in the world today. He’s a beacon of hope, a guiding light showing us the way to walk to reach our destination and fulfill our destiny; He’s a warm glow that keeps us feeling loved when we may feel unlovely.

Whenever we take the time or effort to look up and away from what surrounds us, we can feel His light and His brilliance.

This I know so surely and so clearly… whenever I’ve stopped and looked up, the light always guided me home. And I know it always will.


Footnotes
1 Fix You, lyrics by Coldplay
2 New King James Version

Read by Amber Larriva. Music by sindustry(CC). Copyright© 2013 by The Family International


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