Life is hard.
I don’t have to tell you twice. You might feel the weight of that sentence every single day. You’ve likely felt the pain of a breakup, job loss, move, loss of a loved one, abuse, difficult friendship, betrayal, financial insecurity, injury or sickness, or difficult transition.
You’ve likely felt lonely, depressed, frustrated, angry, irritated, worried, and scared at some point in your life. Perhaps you feel those things every single day, and maybe you can’t recall the last time you were truly happy.
The world says there is light at the end of the tunnel. It promises that happiness will come. It tries to offer help by saying, “Everything is going to be okay.” But how does the world know that? It cannot guarantee such a declaration. It has no idea what lies ahead for us. How dare it try to offer us such hopeless hope in our pain.
However, Christianity is different. It says, “Everything is going to be okay” and can promise a bright future. Maybe that future won’t come today or tomorrow, but hope is indeed in our future.
In fact, we can have that hope today.
Yes, today. In the midst of the pain. In the loneliness, depression, frustration, anger, irritation, worry, and fear. Hope isn’t only in our future, but in our present. The world cannot have genuine hope in its pain, but we can.
Because Jesus is not just the light at the end of the tunnel. He is the light in the tunnel.
No, the light in the tunnel isn’t your best friend, your phone, a piece of chocolate cake, a boyfriend or girlfriend, a thousand Instagram followers, a career, a jean size, a college scholarship, or an athletic award.
Only Jesus is the light.
If your best friend, your job, or your phone was the light, it would become dim very quickly.
Those things cannot get us through the tunnel. The tunnel is too dark and too dingy for dim lights like passing prestige and fickle friends. Those lights will flicker on and off without warning. Instagram followers can un-follow you, a guy can find a new girl, and a jean size can get bigger as life gets even harder.
Do you search for the Light in your dark and dingy tunnel? Do you search for His truth, His peace, and His providence? Do you search for His shadow—the evidence that He is with you? Or do you look for satisfaction and pleasure in worldly things?
Once you find the futile light of worldliness (and it is quite easy to find), it will eventually become dim. It may even disappear completely, and its existence will be forgotten.
That is not the case with Christ. He is too powerful and too loving to let us forget Him.
It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him. (Daniel 2:22 NASB)
He knows everything because He created everything. He knows what lies in our tunnels of darkness. He sees what is ahead of us, even when we can’t.
That is why we must trust Him.
The world cannot promise hope for the future. It can only promise pleasure for today, but that pleasure cannot provide strength in our pain. It can only make us momentarily forget it.
Jesus promises hope for the future, though He may not promise pleasure for today.
Obviously, the tunnel is dark. The journey through it is challenging, but it is rewarding once we get through. We’ll then have enough strength to endure more tunnels that are even darker. In every tunnel, He is guiding us with His light. When we look back at the darkness we’ve endured and can recall the grace and the provisions He supplied, we’ll be able to endure the darkness to come.
I don’t know about you, but I think an eternity of hope is much better than a moment of happiness.
I certainly want a guy to hold me and whisper lovely things in my ear. I want a thousand followers on my blog to read my posts and leave comments. I want to be popular and have a large group of friends and acquaintances. However, those things are not steady. They can vanish in an instant, leaving me hopeless and lost in the darkness.
However, we are never lost when we are with the Light of the world.
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12 NASB)
He is not the Light of a moment—of a second, minute, or hour.
He is the Light of life—whether that is thirty years or a hundred.
The trek through the dim tunnel is not an easy one, for we know little about the challenges lurking inside. But there are times in our lives when we must simply walk through it. As we walk, we can either choose to cling to the flickering lights of the world or the Light that never goes out.
Big thanks to Grace M. from Tizzie’s Tidbits for writing this very encouraging post! Go check out her blog for more encouragement in your walk with the Lord!
About the author:
Grace M. is a lover of sunsets, mint green, and sour gummy worms. She enjoys spending time with her family, chatting with friends, and baking sweet treats. She blogs about the Christian life at Tizzie’s Tidbits.