21st June 2017

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”
2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV)

My father was employed as a railway guard which meant that as children we travelled frequently on steam trains. The journeys were exciting, we learned which counties produced which crops, where the major industries were, we played games as the engine puffed laboriously. Life then was an adventure—who would be first to see the sea, who would spot various landmarks—but then suddenly there were tunnels. I did not like the tunnels—one moment we were in bright sunshine and then suddenly we were thrust into darkness—some of the tunnels were long and, on occasion, the lights in the train would flicker and go out thrusting us into complete darkness.

Now many years later I realise that our train journeys were an allegory on life. One moment life is good and we live in bright sunshine. Then suddenly we are thrown into dark days of difficulties and tough problems that engulf us. The end seems interminable, and life just ongoing troubles giving us pain. It is hard to hold on to perspective at a time like this; it is not easy to lift one’s head to see the sun.

There is great comfort in knowing Jesus has experienced this feeling of sorrow and difficulty. Could there be a darker time than when He was suffering excruciating pain on the cross and cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Yet we are told that Jesus is the Light of the world—He will come and sweep away the darkness of this world and its sorrow. John 8:12 tells us, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”

We are promised ‘a walk of light with Jesus’—he will guide us through this dark world. “We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19).

Tunnels on train journeys do not last forever and neither do our trials. Hold on tight to Jesus who will turn your darkness into bright permanent light—forever!

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for your Son, the Light of the World. We eagerly look forward to your kingdom coming, when the darkness of this world will be replaced by your eternal light.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts. WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

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