Where's the Light at the End of the Tunnel?
Every now and then I need to be reminded that God's timing is perfect. He is not bound by time like we are. That concept is extremely difficult to fathom for our finite minds. When we're going through what seems like an endless tunnel, feeling almost trapped by the circumstances that have surrounded us, we can become overwhelmed because "nothing seems to make sense."
The other morning I whispered to the Lord "There seems to be no light at the end of this tunnel." Then I reached for a Bible verse on a card that is in a little "bread box of promise cards." Here's the verse that I drew. John 8:12 ~ "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." It was as if the Lord directly responded to my prayer.
I had been feeling like "I've sought You, and Your Guidance, Father, each step of the way. I have asked for Your will to be done, and yet I feel like my present circumstances make no sense....things don't seem to "feel" as if they are "working out" as I thought they would. I feel like I'm "in the dark" as to the big picture of Your purpose.
Can There be Light in the Darkness?
In John 8:12 Jesus says He is the Light of the world and if we follow Him we will NEVER walk in darkness. The world in which we live IS dark because of sin. However, if we follow Jesus step-by-step each day, we won't walk in darkness ~ we won't "walk" (or live) as the world lives: continually in sin and darkness.
Even though we follow the Light of the world (Jesus) there will be times of dark storms that we have to endure. With God's help, we can still walk uprightly, even in the midst of these dark storms.
Darkness vs. Burdened
Perhaps I've been confusing my feelings of "being in the dark" with feeling burdened by life's circumstances.
God hasn't promised to tell us why He allows everything that happens to us. There will be times that circumstances leave us "scratching our heads, wondering 'why?'." This feeling "in the dark" to the Sovereign will of God can easily become a burden if we don't quickly take it to Him with a trusting, thankful heart.
In every thing give thanks, for THIS is the will of God.
When things don't make sense,
when there seems to be "no light at the end of the tunnel"
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Be thankful in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5:18
And when you're running out of steam:
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.
I thank You, LORD, for even though things don't quite make sense, You are my Light; You are my strength; You are my salvation; You are my Hope and my Future; You are my Shepherd; You are my Guide; You are my Provider. You are the One Who has promised to "teach me what is best for me," and to "direct me in the way I should go." (Isaiah 48:17) I believe Your Word to be true. I believe that one day the "fog will be lifted," and I will understand what You were doing during these circumstances. . . and I believe You will enlighten me soon, because "I would have fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living." (Psalm 27:13) In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen.