You see, this is not a fairy tale; it's life! Many times the path before us is dark and unfamiliar, and we are forced to carry on with nothing but the direction of our Guide. Led by His unseen hand, he assures us that we are safe and that, even in the darkest of valleys, we're surrounded by beauty. The beauty of grace. The beauty of mercy. The beauty of a God at work. But we can't see it. We only see the darkness. And we must decide how to carry on. We can continue stumbling in the dark, believing that this is all there is, or we can choose to take our Guide at His word and trust that there is beauty beyond what these earthly eyes can see. Either choice will keep us moving forward, but only one of them will lighten our hearts and put a spring in our step. The choice is up to us.
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. - Jeremiah 17:7