On Headlights

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On Headlights

On Headlights:

It was Thanksgiving eve. My husband steered our Jeep from the driver’s seat. I steered from the passenger’s seat. We were excited about our adventure. And as the sky spit snow on the windshield, we inched our way into Yosemite National Park.

But this would not be the adventure we planned. Daylight disappeared. And quickly the snow turned from light to heavy. We lost view of the vehicles ahead of us and behind us. The once winding road now appeared as a white blanket lined by drooping tree limbs. The Jeep’s headlights soon became our guide. They reflected off the falling and mounting white powder that disguised the magical avenue we were entering.

Suddenly, the tires swerved. I gripped the handle on the dashboard and yelled, “Where’s the drop off?” My awe of magic and beauty shifted to panic.

“We’re okay.” My husband said in a calm tone. Had he panicked and slammed on the brakes, we could’ve gone over the road’s edge. My heart pounded. Beyond the headlights, I imagined a black hole. I longed for specks of daylight. That didn’t happen. I was forced to rely on the light provided. And so we crept toward the Yosemite Valley. And within the hour, I saw flickers—the lights of Yosemite Lodge.

Later, I thought about the headlights—the light that guided us to safety. I thought about how the light revealed a winter wonderland—a pure, unhampered beauty I hope to never forget. I thought about the importance of staying calm in the midst of a storm, and how my husband exemplified that for me. Then I thought about my real Light—Jesus Christ. I thought about how He guides me every day; and that my life in Him is an awesome adventure.

“. . . God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all” (I John 1:5 NASB).

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