Running in the dark is something I have adjusted to. It doesn’t get light until I am well on my way to getting ready for work. And although the time the sun rises and falls changes, my schedule doesn’t. So I put on my reflective gear and carry my flashlight (and sometimes my phone) and head out. It’s fine. It does add another layer of interesting when it is also foggy. I always go out with the attitude that no one will ever see me and I just run way off the road when a car comes. It is doable.
The most interesting part of the adventure is the change in the whole environment. The fog distorts my vision and creates a new way of experiencing the same route. The grouping of large trees sound as if it is part of the rain forest. The moisture has collected on the leaves and the breeze makes the trees sway with sounds of rain. I understand how this happens as it also collects on my beard. Lights that are usually visible far away are held to a small section of their world. The traffic that comes behind me creates a fascinating image. As they approach, a circle of light forms in front of me. It looks as if I am running in this circle. As the lights get closer, I can see my reflection in the circle. But if I pay really close attention, there are two of me – a shadow that is much more dim but noticeable beside my usual reflection. It looks as if I am running with someone.
I understand that this is part of how light works. But for just a moment I am also reminded that I am not alone. It signals to me that I do not travel this life by myself. We are made in the image of God – his image captured with mine in a way that is unexpected. I am often challenged to see God at work, to feel and sense his presence, and to follow his way. This morning, I have a visual reminder that he is with me. He is with you too. It may just be a matter of carefully looking for him. He may, in fact, be right beside you.
And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Photos included in Devotions are captured by David Cain – The Cain Gallery. Photos are available for sale by contacting The Cain Gallery