Astronaut Jim Lovell, in his book, Apollo 13, tells a harrowing tale of being lost in the dark. It was 1950 as Lovell was flying a night exercise in an F2H Banshee off the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La. It was Lovell’s first night combat training mission at a time when night flying off a carrier was in its infancy. The night was freezing cold off the coast of Japan and storm clouds erased any light from the moon or stars.
In that first night training exercise Lovell missed a rendezvous point with two other planes. His plane’s instruments had mistakenly picked up a signal from Japan that led him away from his carrier group. As Lovell tried to use his map light, his cockpit suddenly went black as all the electronics in his cockpit short circuited. Every bulb on his controls and cockpit were suddenly dark.
Lovell found himself hopelessly lost and flying in circles over the choppy Sea of Japan. He could see nothing but darkness all around him. Even the light of the moon and stars were gone. It was becoming difficult for Lovell to even know up from down any longer, to tell the dark sky from the dark sea. He was engulfed by a dark night
Then in time his eyes began to adjust to the darkness. He looked down and there in the water he saw light. He describes it as “a faint greenish glow forming a shimmery trail in black water”. As a navy pilot Lovell knew immediately what he was seeing! It was a trail of phosphorescent algae churned up by the propellers of his carrier. Suddenly in the pitch darkness he could see the way home! He followed the “strange radiance” all the way back to the carrier and landed safely. (I found this except from on blog by Water from Rock Ministries)
Spiritually I had the same picture. Trust God to lead you home. Even in darkness and fog, God will shine a light to lead you home…step by step. God has led by cloud and by fire. He has made a pathway by sending a hornet.
Keep trusting him. He has not forsaken you even if you feel the way is very dark. God made that promise for the ancient Hebrews and the promise is for you TODAY. Today God is making a pathway through your wilderness.
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them. Isaiah 42:16