By Pastor Rod LaFee
This week we learned of a call center planning on laying off 1600 employees and a plant in Nampa to lay off around 200 employees both by end of April. This week a teenager told me of their friend who was kicked out of the home by the parents and is looking for a place to stay. All of these people have an uncertain future in front of them. This week I drove by a small acreage farm in which someone had taken great effort to take care of and yet out in front of the lane is a real estate auction sign. This week a young girl’s car broke down and the price to fix it far exceeds its value. All of these lives have no impact on us until it directly affects us personally. One year while hunting with some friends up in the mountains above Spokane we had agreed that at dusk we would meet on a certain mountain top and walk out together. Thus we knew none of us would be walking out of those mountains alone in the dark. It was one of those nights in which there was no moon. I was suppose to meet up with my friend’s wife, who loved to hunt, and walk out with her to meet the others. We were about 5 miles away from camp. It was one of those areas where no vehicles were allowed into. As dusk came, I made it to the designated spot, only to find no one there. Being concerned I waited well after dark to make sure I did not miss this person. I found out later she had got scared and had left hours earlier before I even arrived. I reached into my pack to pull out my flashlight only to find the batteries half dead. Instead of a nice bright light I had a dim lit flashlight. Now I knew the trail back to camp had several bends in it and if I missed any of them I would be spending the night in the forest. As I walked along in the dark, I could hear the sounds of animals moving around me, of the wind blowing in the trees and rustling of leaves; they sounded only inches from me and a dimly lit light that barely lit the ground up under my feet. Needless to say my imagination conjured up many demises. Our passage this week is out of 1 John 1:5 which says, “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declares to you, that God is light and in Him no darkness at all.” As I took each step I realized I have to trust God not only for the direction back to camp, but also for my fears. Eventually the flashlight got to the point it was barely a spot on the ground. It was well after midnight when I finally spotted in the distance a camp fire. Even though it was just a tiny speck in the distance, my fears begin to subside and hope returned of not having to spend the night out in the cold. Half hour later I finally walked back into camp. They knew looking for me in the dark would be fruitless, only by keeping the fire burning they hoped I would see the light and know my direction home. You may be one of those who has just learned you will not have a job soon and your fears are returning of what am I going to do? I don’t have an answer. All I know is if I trust God to guide my steps, He will light the path. The light may not shine very far and my fears may grow with each passing step and the darkness may seem to be closing in around; yet, I find by focusing on His Word I have the comfort I need and the peace to go through this once again. You see, my wife is one of those who got notified.