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Written by Peter Langbroek
ÒDid you remember the flashlight?Ó Where did you hear that question? ItÕs probably the question Mom asked your Dad as he packed the car to go camping. You need a flashlight in the campground, that is if youÕre doing some real camping, not the comfy-womfy KOA campground with halogen lamps and paved lanes. A flashlight you need when you go to a forestry campground with no lights, big campsites, many trees, and an outhouse several metres away. With all our electric lights and neon signs we have little idea what itÕs like without light at night.

Some years ago my friend, Andrew and I went camping in what was called an environment camp. It was a beautiful campsite on a wooded hill by the California coast. It had no running water, no washrooms, and no electricity. You had to leave your car at a parking lot and walk in. The day we arrived we set up our tent at the walk-in campsite, went back to our car, and drove to the beach to watch a sunset. After sunset, we drove back to the parking lot. We then set out to go to our campsite one half a kilometre through a wooded trail. We had a problem. It was dark and we had no flashlight! How would we get to our campsite?

My friend, Andrew, had the solution. He had a pack of matches. In the darkness, we struck a match, set it on the path, watched the dim light carefully, and we walked carefully to avoid tripping. I tell you, we concentrated! When the match died out we lit another one and did the same thing. Finally we made it. Tired and happy we went in the tent and soon fell asleep.

What happened was funny, but taught me what itÕs like to be in darkness with a small light to guide you.

During Bible times it was different. There were no halogen lamps to guide someone travelling, and no flashlight, just a small clay saucer with a pointed side. It was filled with some oil. Inside the oil was a wick that burned a small flame. If someone travelled a narrow road through the mountains it was the only flame to guide him. There were many loose stones and some steep cliffs by the path. To slip could mean death. ThatÕs why the traveller put the lamp by his feet while he hiked the path. He watched the flame attentively.

The psalmist in Psalm 119:105 remembered his night travels when he wrote: ÒThy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.Ó GodÕs Word was the lamp in his life. It led him on a path through deadly temptations and enemies. It gave him enough light to see GodÕs will. He paid attention to GodÕs Word because he knew it would be dark without it. The psalmist saw its importance, and the Holy Spirit caused him to write those fitting words.

Young friends, thatÕs why itÕs so foolish to neglect reading the Bible, not to concentrate on it, and not to do what it says. Without it we put ourselves in grave danger and see no better than if we were blind. But when we have faith in Jesus Christ, the Way to eternal life, we use the Bible to guide us. When you read the Bible in true faith, you strike the match to give light on the way that leads to Heaven. By the way, ÒDid you remember to take your Bible?Ó

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