What could be more breathtaking than a boring brown field suddenly coming to life with a vibrant carpet of red? The spring rains in California change the landscape into a burst of color with the blooming of this state flower. Not only is it beautiful but it has many uses. Its leaves are used medicinally, its pollen cosmetically and its seeds are used in cooking. If you pick one, this simple fragile flower will lose its petals almost immediately. And without the sun, the flower folds into itself each night or on a cloudy day.
Today’s verse is part of that very long psalm extolling the wonders of God’s Word. His Word gives light and understanding, even to the simple. The light of His statutes and commands allows us to be who we are meant to be. Obeying Him and His way warms us and causes us to grow and be beautiful. Without the light of understanding, we close up and shrivel. When the clouds of darkness or disobedience block the warmth of His light, we suffer without even knowing why.
It takes faith and trust to obey Him. Our way seems better and easier. Certainly, life would be less complicated if a believer could just do as he pleases. At least that is how we reason. However, the more I compromise His standards, the darker my day becomes. The light of His loving words and counsel to me fall on deaf ears as I close in on myself. But when I choose obedience, despite the cost, then my spirit opens to a renewed closeness to His heart.
Lord, keep me in the light of Your Word!