A Traveler’s Guide

September 23, 2020

105 Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.

Psalm 119:105

Written by Jaclyn Swencki from the Station Hill Campus

When my husband and I vacationed in Savannah a couple years ago, we decided to drive to Tybee Island for an afternoon. We came across a lighthouse, so we stopped to climb the lighthouse, hoping we could look out over the Atlantic Ocean. Just as we made it to the top (breathless from that climb, might I add!), a heavy downpour came over the island, limiting visibility across the area and causing a shutdown of tourism.

After returning to the bottom of the stairs to wait out the storm, I started a conversation with a sweet gentleman named Paul, who volunteered his time at that particular lighthouse. As I started asking questions about his life, little did I know that his story was tied to that lighthouse. His grandfather, George Jackson, was the last keeper at Tybee Island’s lighthouse from 1933-1948.

With his living quarters stationed at the base of the lighthouse, Mr. Jackson’s role at Tybee Island was key for many travelers, day and night. A light keeper’s most prominent responsibility came during the severest of storms, with the need to keep the light operating 24 hours a day. That light was a sea traveler’s guide—their hope and their comfort—to bring them safely to land.

Much like the lighthouse, the Word of God is a light to our paths in all seasons of our journey. Life presents us with both external and internal obstacles along the way, and scripture serves as our reminder to focus on the path that is laid out in front of us. It becomes our hope and comfort when things feel uncertain, and it is our instruction manual for doing life in our relationship with God and our relationships with others.

During various seasons of my own life, I have “go to” verses for different times or circumstances. When I’m feeling anxious, I have a scripture that I pray over and over: James 4:7-8. When I need a reminder of where my strength comes from, I have a verse for that: Joshua 1:9. From the deepest of valleys to the highest of mountains, there is at least one verse that will speak to every situation. The Bible will always offer ways to speak to you in your situations as well.

So when your visibility seems limited, let God’s Word be a beacon of light, guiding you along in your journey. He will always lead you safely home.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. When you find yourself in those moments of uncertainty and darkness seems to be closing in, where do you draw your light from?
  2. Are you spending time with God each day—talking, listening and reading—to be further equipped with the light that will be your life’s guide?
  3. Memorize scripture so you can always draw on His Word for your source of comfort and strength. If you don’t know where to start, open your Bible to Psalm 23 and use that as your prayer today.

Missions Prayer
Pray for ongoing outreach on college campuses this fall, in a season when many are fighting despair and are struggling to find hope. Pray for those in our church family like Rachel, who focus full time on reaching lost college students.