There’s a Lighthouse

by APC on August 05, 2015

This life that we’re living is full of trials and tribulations. That’s a 100% guarantee every minute of every day, and is a truth that won’t change tomorrow, a month from now, or even years into the future. Scripture warns us: “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you…” (I Peter 4:12, KJV). In sum, we shouldn’t be surprised when we face a trial because they happen, and they happen often.

Trials happen for a multitude of reasons, and it’s easy for us to feel like:

  • We’re going through our trial alone
  • No one could possibly know what we’re going through or how we feel
  • God has forgotten about us

We honestly feel like we’re drowning in the sea if life, and there’s no chance we’ll ever be able to breathe again or make it back to dry land.

There’s an old song that I’m reminded of, that paints a perfect picture of our life’s struggles. It speaks of a key component that we forget is present in the midst of every storm:

There’s a lighthouse on the hillside, that overlooks life’s sea
When I’m tossed it send out a light, that I might see
And, the light that shines in darkness now, will safely lead me o’re
If it wasn’t for the lighthouse, my ship would be no more

And, I thank God for the lighthouse, I owe my life to Him
Jesus is the lighthouse, and from the rocks of sin
He has shown a light around me, that I might clearly see
If it wasn’t for the lighthouse, where would this ship be?

In the midst of our storm, there’s a lighthouse—and that lighthouse is the Lord Jesus. He’s there shining through the torrential downpour, tsunami-like waves, and dark clouds.

Because a lighthouse shines a light 360° around itself, there may be times when the light isn’t pointing directly at us. When the light is facing away from us, the light won’t be very clear or might even be absent in the dark. But, in reality, the light is always there—whether we see it or not, or whether we admit that it’s there.

It’s easy to forget that Jesus is present in our life, and one of His goals is to help us overcome when darkness has closed all around us. It’s because of Him we’ve made it through every trial in the past, will make it through our present trial, and will overcome every future obstacle.

Jesus said, “…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5, KJV). When He speaks, it is truth because He cannot lie (Titus 1:2). When we can’t see His light, we need to remind ourselves of His Word and His promises. Even King David had to encourage himself in the Lord (I Samuel 30:6)!

We can’t drown in trials and tribulations because we don’t want to miss out on our greatest reward. We need to keep swimming even if we don’t see a light (Hebrews 12:1)—we’ll see it with that next gulp of air. Remember, there’s a lighthouse on the hillside!