Future Reflections Spring 1999, Vol. 18 No. 1
Well Look What I Found
While I was looking for the perfect devotion to give at a monthly United Methodist Women meeting, I came across an article in my sixteen-year-old daughters book One Year Book of Youth Devotions by Josh McDowell. I opened the book to the middle and right there on page 187, the July 5th devotion, was the article listed below. Have a look and see what you think of this. I liked it!
July 5th White Cane
Have you ever seen a person who is blind walking down the street? How did that person know where to go, when to stop, and when to turn? Many blind people use a white cane.
A white cane can become an amazing tool in the hands of a man or woman (or child) who knows how to use one. Some people who are blind can walk as well as, and as quickly as, someone can with perfect eyesight because theyve mastered the use of the white cane. The sight-impaired person can tell by the way the cane bounces whether hes on a sidewalk or grass or a path. The sound of the canes tapping against the ground changes when the person approaches large objects like a wall or a building. The sound of the cane announces a sudden drop-off like a curb, or even a small obstacle, like a tricycle or a roller skate.
Using a white cane to find your way is kind of like using Gods Word. Gods Word warns us of things that can trip us up or hurt us, just as a cane warns a blind person of obstacles in his or her path.
Of course, you dont carry a Bible with you all the time, do you? And sometimes theres just no time to thumb through the Bible looking for answers, right? Thats why it is so important to memorize Gods Word. When you memorize a verse of the bible, its always available to you; youre never caught without the tools you need to make a right choice; and its a lot easier to go the right way without hesitating or stumbling.
So why not startone verse at a timeto hide Gods Word in your heart and mind so that it can guide you, even in the dark? Make the following verse your motto: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105, NIV) After all, a white cane isnt much help if its left at home, right?