Walking in Faith: The Light Between Life’s Lampposts

During the long nights of late fall and early spring, many of us venture out for morning and evening walks in the dim light. It’s a familiar experience where the streetlamps cast just enough illumination to guide us from one pool of light to another. In some ways, this is reminiscent of the Christian life, where we often find ourselves navigating the uncertain spaces between the light of God’s grace.

We have the Incarnation, where “the Light shone in the darkness, and the darkness did not grasp it” (John 1:5). We trust in God’s Word and believe that Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Ahead of us, we anticipate the light of Christ glorified when “there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illuminate them; and they will reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:5). We hold on to the hope that God’s promises will be fulfilled, and we will live with Him eternally.

However, between these two “lampposts” of God’s redemptive plan, we must take a few steps in the dark. With little guidance, we journey through the complexities of relationships, careers, and parenting, as well as private pain, community tragedies, and global crises. Amid these challenges, we turn to the Lord, who reminds us of His light and hope.

Paul discusses this notion in Romans 8:24-25, stating, “Hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, through perseverance, we wait eagerly for it.” The beloved Christmas carol “O Holy Night” echoes this sentiment, proclaiming hope as the reason the “weary world rejoices.” Between the bright stars of Bethlehem and the glorious dawn of Jesus’ return, we walk in faith, looking forward to the day when “chains shall He break… and in His name, all oppression shall cease,” and we are called “out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).

Hope is not just about the future or the life to come when God’s kingdom is fulfilled. It is also about recognizing our place in God’s story and finding assurance in the present moment. By the light of Christ and through the eyes of faith, hope reminds us that we belong to God, even when the light is dimmest.