Tuesday, April 14, 2009
A Light at the End of the Tunnel.
Psa 112:4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
When I was a child, we roamed the neighborhood like a pack of wild dogs, seeking adventures that would have horrified our parents, had they known what we were up to. Between Muni Pool and the Hinky Dinky store was a tunnel through which Antelope Creek flowed. We would enter into that tunnel and walk until the light was gone. Now, being in a tunnel in total darkness, walking the sand bars with water flowing at your feet, imagine the things we imagined at such an impressionable age.
I have to confess, that trek into a watery darkness got awfully scary for a little boy. Who knows why in the world we would go back in there time after time? I do know that in that place I learned to appreciate the light at the end of the tunnel. When it was time to turn around and head back to the entrance and we rounded a bend in the tunnel and started to faintly see that light way off in the distance, oh, what a relief.
It is said that, possibly, the greatest word in the English language is relief. Think about it, when we have suffered sickness, such as the flu, when the fever finally breaks and the stomach begins to feel better, that relief is so welcome. When you have been in a huge financial crunch and then you begin to see that light at the end of the tunnel where the bills can get paid and the creditors are no longer parked on your stoop, that is a fantastic relief. When you have been battling cancer, suffering through the treatments, and then the Doc informs you that it looks as if you are now cancer free, you begin to see that light in the distance and relief comes over you like a flood.
Friend, for the child of God, there will always be a light at the end of the tunnel, relief will come at some point. This is God's assurance, "Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness." This is so because God is gracious and full of compassion. Our relief is His relief.
We are told that weeping endureth for the night, but for His kids, joy cometh in the morning.
So hang on child of God, help is on the way. Joy is coming in the morning. Heaven will turn the lights on for you in good time. Be faithful while in the darkness, praise Him, trust Him to guide you, relief is on the way.