I needed a path with lights! Spiraling out of control was easy. The illuminated road toward destruction grew dark quickly. Finding the pathway back was arduous. It would take years.
Having the best of friends, I thought my solace would come from them. Perhaps, like me, you met a great friend at a summer camp and eventually they ended up being a roommate in college. Another longtime friend was the first person I was introduced to when arriving at a boarding academy. At any time and in any situation, I could pick up the phone and enjoy uplifting conversation. Well, perhaps not. The condemning emptiness was always present. “Alone in a crowded room” is the best phrase to describe my existence.
There were those times. Times when I could not explain what the need was. I just needed. Was I the only one in the world? How could it be that I had no one who would understand? Could it be? No! It couldn’t be. There was always that one friend. He loved me so. He even loved me during those times I did not acknowledge His love. I spoke to Him in my inner soul. He answered, “I am here, and will always be.”
A Path with Lights
Living in this world, so many are in distress. Utterly alone. I was not, in verity, in that state. My constant companion had kept His word, “I am here, and will always be.” Turning to my friends had its place; this friend, He went beyond and above. I must open up about Him. Consider this thought:
“Sometimes we pour our troubles into human ears, and tell our afflictions to those who cannot help us, and neglect to confide all to Jesus, who is able to change the sorrowful way to paths of joy and peace. . . .
He proposes to be our friend, to walk with us through all the rough pathways of life. He says to us, I am the Lord thy God; walk with me, and I will fill thy path with light. Jesus, the Majesty of Heaven, proposes to elevate to companionship with Himself those who come to Him with their burdens, their weaknesses, and their cares.”— Our Higher Calling, p. 97.
In Need of a Friend
In need of a friend? I must recommend Jesus! There’s a simple way to get to know Him. Of course, there is prayer. Maybe you are not quite there yet! I know, you are expecting me to rush you into the Bible. It is a good place to start, especially the books, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Nevertheless, if you just want simplicity, I started with two books: Steps to Christ and Desire of Ages. (Priority Code: 1971-1285).
Today, Jesus leads me in the path of righteousness. A path with lights!