“You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness” (Psalm 18:28, NLT).

Space Mountain, a ride at Disneyland, is a roller coaster in the dark! It’s supposed to make you feel you’re in outer space, traveling among the stars. I used to like it but the last couple of times, I found myself tightly gripping the handle bar, wanting to slow down and wishing it were over. I didn’t like being hurtled through the darkness—all I could think of was flying off the track. Somehow a roller coaster out in daylight doesn’t bother me as much.

Sometimes life feels like riding a roller coaster in the dark. We can’t see what’s ahead so we often imagine all kinds of boogeymen and disasters. God understands our fears and how unnerving darkness can be. He is light and is the one who can turn on the lamp to scatter the darkness and chase away our fears. His word and his presence light up our lives with grace, understanding and guidance so we can loosen our grip and enjoy the ride.

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