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When I Stumble in the Dark

By Marilyngardner5 @marilyngard

because I can't walk in the dark

It’s when I’m walking in the dark that I stumble on them and curse. Small, brass pyramids – their triangular shapes piercing into my tender skin.

We had purchased several sets, one for each child. Stocking stuffers that had seemed a good idea at the time.

But in the middle of the night, in the dark I glare at the idea. Who cares about the details? All I know is they were where they were not supposed to be – the floor.

They hurt me and I’m angry.

And that’s what happens when I try to walk in the dark. I stumble and I hurt myself. It’s either a bed post or dresser corner, pair of shoes or pieces of Lego. It matters not what it is, the fact remains – I stumble and I hurt myself.

I can’t walk in the dark. I must have a light.

The spiritual lesson is not lost on me. I’m clear as to what this means. I can’t do this walk of life without a light. Even a pinpoint of light is enough to guide me and keep me safe from obstacles.

Because I can’t walk in the dark, I get hurt walking in the dark.

You, O Lord, Keep my lamp burning;

My God turns my darkness into light.

Psalm 18:28

 


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