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" Rice Paddies & Bicycles "

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. (Psa 119:105)

Growing up as a child in post-war rural Japan, many were the occasions to travel down these paths built up between rice fields. Paths, often, just wide enough for a bicycle pulling a 2-wheeled trailer. If you were a small child, just recently learning to ride, and attempting to negotiate a full-sized "man's" bicycle, starting and stopping could result in a tumble down the embankment. At night time, there were no street lights. Riding a bike necessitated having a good bright generator-driven light. One's attention could not be diverted from the path, but on that beam of light shining on the path ahead.

So is the Christian life. God does not call us to look at the progress of the rice crop's growth. He does not call us to fearfulness because of the steepness of the embankment and of possibly taking a tumble. Peter tried that...

"And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" (Mat 14:29-30)

God calls us to stay on the path, illuminated with the light of His Word, and keeping "oneself unspotted from the world." (Jas 1:27) "Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith." (Heb 12:2)

Furthermore, He has placed us as little lights in a dark world. "You are the light of the world. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Mat 5:14,16)
(VW)


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