One of my favorite hymns is “Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go.” There’s a line in it that says, “Oh Light that followest all my way, I yield my flickering torch to Thee. My heart restores its borrowed ray, that in Thy sunshine’s blaze its day may brighter, fairer be.”
I tend to have this problem where I grab my “torch” and run with it, and think I’ve got it down. Then I trip over something. Or it starts raining. Or I’m just tired. Or (and this is what happens to me rather frequently), I run smack into one of God’s detour signs, drawing me away from my master plan.
It’s not as if God hadn’t warned me. “In his heart a man plans his course,” Proverbs 16:9 says, “but the Lord determines his steps.” The Lord determines our steps- we don’t have to. And as I wrote last week, His plan is better than ours, and even for our good!
We need to learn to “yield the torch.” Sometimes we pass it over to God, and sometimes He has to pry it from our clinging fingers. But when we give up our small flame, and instead radiate Christ’s light, we’re so, so much brighter, fairer, and well-directed than we would have been with our flickering light.
Some things to think about:
~ What is your “torch?”
~ What are the differences between our light and Christ’s?
~ Why is it so hard to yield the torch?
Sorry today’s post is a bit short- but I really encourage you to listen to (or sing!) the entirety of “Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go,” and break down the lyrics. The basic premise of the song is that, basically, life gets you down- midterms are hard, relationships are struggling, and you find even yourself frustrating sometimes- but God’s love, joy, light, and most of all, the hope of the cross, are there to carry you through.
Let me know what you got from the song, or what your favorite part is!
And feel free to post or email your answers or responses to the things to think about- I’d love to hear your thoughts!