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I received a vacuum for Christmas. Actually, I bought this gift for myself because we desperately needed a new one. So for clarification, it wasn't a gift just for me but for the whole family. I like it not only because it cleans our carpets and hardwood floors, but this vacuum is convenient. It's cordless, light, and easy to maneuver. It includes extra tools like the different brushes, wall mounts, and filters. (If you're on the hunt for a new cost-effective vacuum, let me know, and I can give you the details.☺)

There's one feature in this vacuum that I like the most. The main floor brush has a small light that illuminates when cleaning. You don't know it's really there until it shines a light on the dust. If you just walked by the dust, you would probably not notice it. I don't even see it until the light directs me to it, and then I go a bit crazy cleaning all of the minuscule particles I can find.

This tiny light detail brought me to the verse Psalm 119:105 (NIV)

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."

The word "lamp" as used in this verse is from the Hebrew word "niyr," which, according to Strong's Concordance, means 'to glisten, a candle or light.' A candle or a "glistening lamp" shines a minimal amount of visible light. It is just enough to see right in front of you. It is not a broad, glaring amount of light like we would see in floodlights. Instead, imagine what you can see when using candlelight when the power goes out. When you walk through your home using just a candle, you can see only a short distance in front of you. It doesn't illuminate everything around you in a way that makes everything clear. But it allows you to see just enough, so you don't bump into anything.

This lamp extends light; however, it is limited. It doesn't light a large area. In the same way, God walks with us and only illuminates just enough of our future for us to see. He desires us to trust Him, step by step, without knowing the complete plan. So often, we demand the whole outline of our future before making any moves; however, we have to trust God has a perfect plan for each of us.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

The Hebrew word for "light" in this verse is the word "owr" and means "a light, bright, clear, like morning." This is a much brighter type of light. It is a light that glows enough to see what is around you. Everything is illuminated! It's the kind of light you might have on your street or in front of your house so people can walk safely up to your home at night and avoid anything unsafe.

Like the light, we require the living Word to illuminate what we have in our lives that are potentially dangerous that we need to avoid as well as validate what we may be doing correctly in our life's journey.

So God may, at times, only reveal steps along the way without showing the path, and sometimes He shows us the path ahead, but we have to wait for Him to light up the steps we need to get on the path. Either way, the power of the Word of God guides our lives. We have to have faith that He will direct us even when it doesn't make sense.

Is God showing you the bigger vision without revealing the steps to get there? Or is God directing your actions without unveiling the destination? How is He activating your faith and reliance on Him?

If reading the Bible is unfamiliar to you, find a Bible plan. Or start by reading a chapter of Psalms and Proverbs daily. Another option is to dive into the book of John. Better yet, ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate where you should begin. Even if it's only a few verses a day, make every effort to spend more time in the Bible. Especially now, as we enter into 2022, it is vital for each of us to gain true wisdom from His Word and to glean from the Spirit of God. I guarantee you will find greater peace and joy as He lights the path to your future.

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