John Henry Jowett once told an insightful story that took place during his student days.He was once appointed to preach at Saddleworth where hee was entertained by a farmer.
Following the afternoon service he stayed at the farmer’s house until time for the evening train. As darkness fell, the quiet of the day turned into a stormy night. Soon the rutty roads were living streams. When the time for the train’s arrival neared, his host gave him a farm lantern, saying, ‘Just to help you to see where you are going, and to keep you out of the ditch.’ That of course, meant something, but he added something better.
‘Do you see that glimmer of light yonder?’ Jowett was asked. ‘No, where?’ was his answer. And then the farmer trained his eyes on the far-off gleam that appeared a mile away. ‘That is Saddleworth station, make for that,’ were his instructions. The two lights gave the young preacher what was needed. The lantern gave him light for his feet, and each step was clear. The glimmer in the distance gave him cheer and appointed the course of his journey. He had the light for the next step and guidance for the main
The Psalmist gives us a similar picture: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my
path || Psalm 119:05