Light my Path

Salvation Army's Lieutenant Laura Van Schaick presents her views on Quesnel and where she finds God in this town

Over the next few weeks allow me to take you on a tour of Quesnel and share with you what I see each day, and where I see God in it.

When was the last time you traversed the longest wooden-trussed walking bridge in the world?

For that is what our walking bridge that spans the Fraser River is.

While it once carried horse-drawn carriages and withstood cattle drives, it is now designated for pedestrian traffic alone.  It stands as an icon in Quesnel, complete with signs that still remind passers-by to keep their horse at a walking pace!

In 2010, beautiful lights were installed along it and the picturesque bridge lights a path between West Quesnel and Downtown.

With the days getting shorter and Christmas approaching, Quesnelians will once again be able to enjoy how these lights brighten the city and beautify it.

While the colourful lights are indeed beautiful, there are other, simpler lights on the path that ensure the travellers’ safety as they walk along it in the dimness of early morning or evening hours.

In life we need lights to provide for our safety as well.

Psalm 119:105 says Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

As we walk along the path of life, it may feel at times like we are traversing the mighty Fraser River with nothing but an ancient wooden bridge below our feet.

With Jesus, the light of the world, as our guide, our steps will not falter, nor will we fall into the raging rivers below.

If you do not yet have Jesus as the light of your life, would you allow Him to light your path now?

Let’s pray: Gracious God, thank You for the gift of your Word, which guides our steps daily. Thank You for sending your Son, Jesus, into the world to be the light of the world.  Today, in those moments when we may feel like we are walking in darkness or traversing a raging river of tasks and stress, may we remember that it is You who lights the path before our feet.  Amen.

Laura Van Schaick is a lieutenant with the Salvation Army.