The Light at the End of the Tunnel - Don Riddle

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

We have somewhat of a fascination with tunnels.  Where does it go?  What is on the other side?  Will I make it through, especially tunnels like in Mobile and Sydney that go under the water! 

We’ve been in our present “tunnel” for about a year.  We  searched for drugs, for vaccines, for some way out of the “tunnel”, but we were told “a few months”, “maybe two years”, or “its gonna get worse before it gets better”.  Now, we begin to see a light at the end of this “tunnel”.   

Our spiritual forefathers had their own tunnels.  In Ps 116:6b-8, the psalmist said, “when I was brought low, He saved me.  Return, O my soul, to your rest for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.   For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.”  Jonah’s tunnel was dark and wet; Daniel’s was dark and dangerous; Elijah’s was filled with loneliness and fear.

Our tunnel has been filled with gazing at phone/computer screens for work, school, relief, or boredom.  Masks covered our faces, and we became like “one from whom men hide their faces”, Is. 53:3c.  We became “new lepers” by being told not to go near people.  “Be confined to your 4 walls and your own skin.  Sanitize everything and maybe you’ll be safe”.    So, we longed to be touched, for times with family and friends, to worship God with likeminded people, to feel needed, cared for, part of humanity.  

Maybe we’ve been given a God’s eye view of our world, a place that does not cherish us.  We’ve been reminded that this world is NOT our home, Phil. 3:20;  that Jesus has something better prepared for us, Jn. 14:2-3;  that we need each other, Eph. 4:32;  that there is “light” at the end of this life, 2 Cor. 5:1-5.   To encourage us in our “tunnel”, God painted a picture of His realm in Rev. 7.   There we see a vast multitude standing together, shouting with unmasked faces, “salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne and unto the Lamb”, Rev. 7:9-10.   

There’s a light at the end of our covid tunnel.   A time when we get to sing out with unmasked faces.   A time when we will be able to give a hug.  A time when we can sit/stand side by side and hold a hand that needs it.  Soon we will see light at the end of the tunnel of life.  Until then, focus on the light that leads you out of your “tunnel”.

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