Spiritually Speaking… Take Another Look at the Light Coming Right at You

From the beginning of my faith walk, I always found it amazing that what once was considered rather ordinary phrases, before finding God through Christ, I heard as very powerful statements after saying yes to the Lord. I mean, sermons arose out of everyday events; testimonies were released from childhood memories, while little nuances of speech even now take on a whole new meaning. I sometimes believe it is the Word becoming more manifest in our lives. For example, you’ve all heard or talked about the light at the end of the tunnel. Be it a freight train, a bus, or a truck, the intent of the phrase is, you need to be careful. That light indicates for the most part, trouble is headed your way.

Now that phrase came up in a bible study I attended as part of someone’s testimony and you know what we determined? In the life of a practicing Christian, that Light represents what we strive for, what we hope for, what we pray for and what we have faith in. That light is God. I believe this because, as a Christian, I have a new perspective on the tunnel. You remember the tunnel. For the purpose of this column, let’s agree that life is a tunnel. We are in a passage way full of trial, tribulation, temptation and at times, the most serious of negative circumstances. Of course life is not always like that, but if you live long enough, you’ll experience your fair share of hard times in life’s long, dark tunnel. Let me proclaim today and shout as loudly as I can that there is Light at the end of your tunnel. For me, that Light represents God’s promise. And so we can all be on the same page about this, let’s review God’s promise. “Remember your promise to me, your servant; it has given me hope. Even in my suffering I was comforted because your promise gave me life.” Psalm 119:49-50.

You see, one thing I do know is that God keeps His promises. So when your tunnel is at its darkest point, focus on God’s promise. In the Old Testament when God was pretty much upset with Israel and exercised His power to be who He is, still the promise, “Yet I will remember the covenant I made with you in your youth and I will establish an everlasting covenant.” Ezekiel 16:60. Now if you look at these references and apply them to the life and death and life of Jesus Christ, the promise is clear. We make it out of the tunnel and live in the light of eternity. We do get through it.

Our goal, our survival, our restoration, if you will, is embodied in our faith that God keeps His promises. Then and only then can you focus and see the Light at the end of your tunnel. Now listen to me. At that point, when your faith meets your reality, that freight train coming right at you is really an invitation. Acceptance of that invitation brightens the tunnel of your world in a manner that keeps it illuminated forever. Indeed, I do see the Light. I understand the promise. And even though this tunnel can be dark and damp and cold, the Way is plotted, the Truth is known and the Light of the World is here. We must remember to flip the switch of faith that makes this Light come on.

May God bless and keep you always.

James, jaws@dallasweekly.com