I was driving home one night with the windows rolled down, the wind making a mess of my hair. The radio was playing, but I was mostly absorbed in my own thoughts—that is, until the first words from “Fix You” by Coldplay caught my attention.
When you try your best, but you don’t succeed
When you get what you want, but not what you need
When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep …
I began listening to the rest of the song. And I found that it was as if I was listening to a story—my story.
Lights will guide you home
The song came to a close as I pulled into the driveway. “Lights will guide you home,” I repeated. What a simple yet profound thought. I leaned back and closed my eyes. Thank You that Your light has always guided me home.
I remembered the many times when I’d felt lost or alone or confused, but then the light of God’s love and care was always there to guide me home, back into His loving arms. This light has come in many forms—a friend who came to see me at just the right time; my mom or dad; a stranger who shed some new perspective on my life and thinking; and, of course, the love of my life, my husband, whose passion for life has many a time been like the sun breaking through the clouds on a stormy day.
I realized that God’s light has always shone on my heart. It has never turned off, never run out of power, never dimmed. Whenever I have stopped and looked, His light has always been there to guide me home.
Jesus told His disciples, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”1 He is a beacon of hope, a guiding light showing us the way to walk to reach our destination and fulfill our destiny; He is a warm glow that keeps us feeling loved when we may feel unlovely. Whenever we look up and away from what surrounds us, we can feel His light and His brilliance.
Every single time I’ve stopped and looked up, the light has guided me home. And I know it always will.
- John 8:12 ↩