Life as a River in 2015
Living with the Lantern Lit
and dark places along the journey - there are a number of scriptures that come to mind:
"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts,
to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" 2 Cor 4:6
"For thou art my lamp. O Lord: and the Lord will lighten my darkness" 2 Samuel 22:29
My father, Rev Elvin Leavell self published a number of short stories from his
life which he entitled Living with the Lantern Lit. The following is from that book.
The train was pulled by a small wood-fueled steam engine -- the old "choo-choo" type that blew lots of smoke and cinders and whistled at everything that might possibly get in its way, or maybe, just to make the engineer happy.
The cars were small and the seats were covered with a red velour fabric. The seat backs moved backward and forward to allow a person to face in the direction the train was moving.
At one end of the car there was a pot-bellied stove for heat. Too many years have passed for me to remember other fine details of the train but there is one item of the ride that I want to describe.
However it wasn't long until we found out. Immediately we entered a tunnel and everything was dark outside but inside it was light. Then we came out of the tunnel and again it was light outside. Soon we entered another tunnel and it was dark outside but inside it was light. Several times this was repeated.
Over the years this has been a reminder that when Jesus comes into our lives He places a light within our heart, so that when it turns dark because of the experience through which we are going, we still have a light that does not fail.
On the outside it is all dark! There are the struggles of our children. There are unwanted changes of work. There are the personal illnesses and pain that we must endure, and the unwarranted rebuffs of others. The disappointment of failed goals. Undoubtedly one of the darkest tunnels that we must endure, is the loss of a loved one. These dark tunnels of life hit us all.
But praise the Lord Jesus Who has come and placed the light of life within, and although it is dark outside we have light that Jesus has placed within.
"Living with the lantern lit" is the privilege God has made possible for each of us. We do not have to go through the tunnels of life in darkness. Because of Him we can live a triumphant life in full light.