O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! -- Psalm 34:8
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. -- Psalm 34:18
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. -- John 10:27
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. -- Acts 3:19
When we recognize we are sinful and tend to take the wrong path.
When we realize that our sinfulness is a rebellion against the very God that has cleared our path.
When we admit we know all this and resign ourselves to helplessness, that we have been lost and stumbling, ignoring our guide.
When we trust in God's willingness to forgive and again shine the light for our feet to follow.
When we actually accept that forgiveness and take His hand to lead us out of the darkness.
When we stand in the clearing, look around us at the underbrush and tangled clutter from which we have been rescued.
When we stop and look up, surrounded by threatening but held-back darkness and observe the brightness of the night sky and the sweet comfort of the approaching dawn.When we know we are not alone.