The Tunnel

The BBC News broadcast commenced with these words, ‘Is there light at the end of the tunnel?’ Over these months, so many people have been asking that question, hoping, longing, yearning for light in the darkness, for life to return to normal. The dark shadows of Covid-19 have closed in, gripping the nation, bringing a blackness, doom and gloom, chaos and confusion, death and despair. But now, hope has soared over these past few days at the news that a good vaccine is possibly on its way and others appear to follow. Maybe by next Spring we will all be back to nearly normal. There is a great desire that we will soon be staggering out of this gloomy, dismal, depressing, discouraging, disheartening tunnel of darkness through which we are going and we will soon be back out in the brightness of the light.  

Meanwhile, there is fear for the present and for the future, for no one really knows what is the answer, because no one really understands the problem. Recently, I heard a former UK Prime Minister say very confidently, “We have the power of science to change our world.” Perhaps.

Science may be able to help us with the physical world but what about the spiritual? The internal heart of individuals, their deepest thoughts and feelings will remain untouched by scientists or politicians. But that is where multitudes of people are experiencing the inky black, extreme darkness of the tunnel. Fear and anxiety, caused by the pandemic, prowl around in the inner hearts and lives of millions of people. They feel trapped, for they also know, in their innermost being, that there are other problems far deeper than the pandemic, that were there before this current affliction arrived. They are disturbed. They are uneasy. They know there is something unseen, a danger lurking in the darkness, but do not know what to do.

On one of our visits to South India, Jean and I entered the bedroom where we were to stay the night. It was pitch dark. As we switched on the light, the whole black floor moved. Cockroaches ~ hundreds of them, scattered in all directions, trying to escape the dull glow from the Indian lightbulb. Cockroaches and similar insects, hate the light, whether brilliant or dull. Where is the light in your life?

The Lord God Almighty, our Creator, did not design us to exist in the dark tunnel of fear, anxiety, chaos and confusion; that is what happens when we walk in disobedience to Him.

He created us to walk in the light of His love and friendship, living in fellowship and harmony with Him, with absolute assurance that He is in total control of our lives and the world in which we live.

Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life”

And the wonderful fact is, that in whatever adverse predicament we find ourselves, however impenetrably black life appears now and into the future, God’s Word tells us,

“The Light shines in the darkness, but the darkness will never put it out”

We all know that when a single match is lit, darkness is pushed back … how much more when the brilliance of God’s Light, shining from His Son, beams into our lives and situations. Would you like that?

Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil….they hate the light….and fear that their deeds will be exposed”

Are you in a tunnel? Are you entering a tunnel? Are there any cockroaches around?  Do you have Light?

 “Whoever lives by the truth comes into the Light”

Will you humbly call out to the Lord to shine in your life  …..  Today?


Ron Brickman