And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.” – Minnie Louise Haskins
Sometimes life is filled with a kind of darkness, the kind of darkness that keeps one from moving ahead. The path is dark and you can’t see where you are stepping. The situation can be frightening. I have found myself in this kind of darkness many times, afraid of the unknown, fearful that I’ll never make it back into the light.
Boats that sail in the night look for lighthouses to guide them, especially if the waters are treacherous. When they see that beacon of light, they finally believe that all is well. The light is important, the lighthouse a welcome sight.
Darkness on life’s journey is like that too. We search for a beacon of light to guide us when the darkness has us paralyzed with fear. But we have the gift of something even better than light.
I love the line in Minnie Louise Haskins’ poem . . . “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”