I’ve walked in the dark a lot in my life. Maybe you have, too. I don’t mean spiritual or psychological darkness but the physical darkness of the night in homes, buildings, and wooded areas. Over the years I’ve learned a few important things.
First, be alert and watch for shadows. They often indicate drop offs or dips of one sort or another.
Second, and most importantly, slide your feet along the surface without putting your weight on the front foot so that you can keep your balance and control. It’s a lot like ballroom dancing.
My wife and I ballroom dance. Over the years I learned that the best ballroom dancers seldom “pick up” their feet. Rather they slide them forward. This is particularly true in my case, as my wife often wears open toed shoes. Sliding my foot cuts down on toe injuries–her’s, not mine!
Third, follow the lead. In any ballroom dance, and in any walk, someone has to lead.
Ye, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not fear no evil… (Ps. 23: 4) There are many dark places in life. When you walk through one, which you will, remember to watch the shadows. Slide your feet forward. Keep your balance. And follow the lead of the One “Who brought you.”
Lord, make me sensitive to Your lead in life’s “dance”. Amen.