Growing Toward the Light
One of the obvious features of plants along the trail is the need for light. Trees will grow in such a way as to maximize their ability to capture it, a process called phototropism, bending up and around other trees to get all they can.
Light is a common metaphor in the Bible, contrasting good and evil (darkness), as well as guidance.
"And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil." (John 3:19) Who or what is this light that has come into the world?
Jesus, points to Himself as the light. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12).
Jesus rolls both of these metaphors into one statement. He is the One who leads us out of darkness (evil) and who shows the right way to go (guidance). Those who truly belong to Him, like trees, seek the light, Christ Himself, that will help them grow. Those who truly seek Him avoid walking along a path leading into evil.
A tree must have light to live. A person must have Jesus to be spiritually alive.
Are you growing toward the light?