In the life that I live out on the road with my husband, we traverse through some magnificent scenery as we criss cross the nation. One of the most spectacular drives that we experience is driving across I-70 between Salt Lake City, Utah and Denver, Colorado. Through that stretch of the road you’ll traverse through mountains and canyons. You’ll see some of the prettiest red cliffs ever, you’ll drive through areas cut directly through the rock. You’ll wind around the roads. You’ll even go through an area of an interstate where there are no services at any exit for around 110 miles. You will drive alongside the mighty Colorado River. You’ll climb up to heights over 11,000 feet or more. It’s definitely a delight for the senses. And, at one point you will travel through a tunnel, in that direction it’s the Johnson tunnel (from the other direction it’s the Eisenhower tunnel). The tunnel is more than 1.5 miles long, and is one of the longest tunnels along the entire interstate system (the Eisenhower tunnel is slightly longer), and it crosses the Continental Divide. Traveling through tunnels is dark, and even with the lighting that they supply in the tunnel, it nowhere approaches daylight, so you really need to turn on your vehicle’s headlights. When you’re in the tunnel you can see the road lanes, you can see the walls, you can see the roof, you can see the other vehicles, you can see only what the lighting highlights – that’s it, that’s all, nothing from the world that is outside of the tunnel is visible. And, realistically you can only head in one direction – forward. Eventually, you emerge from the tunnel into the light of the day (unless of course you are traveling at night).
All of the experiences we have in our life contribute to the perspective that we have. Traveling the roads, and through tunnels, has enriched my life in more ways than just being able to view spectacular scenery that others may only get to see in photographs – it has deepened my understanding of, and my relationship with, God. I know from experience that we always emerge from the tunnels that we drive through in our vehicle. It too is true that in our lives we will experience times where we are in tunnels. We can’t see anything but the issue that surrounds us. Things are dark. We may not be able to make sense of things. We don’t know what is going on outside of the tunnel because we can’t see through the walls. And, once in that tunnel, we have a choice to make – we can stop and stay in the tunnel forever, we can retreat out of the tunnel and go backwards, or we can go forward.
But when we travel through a tunnel in our vehicle we know that there’s more going on there than meets the eye. We know that there’s a whole world outside of the tunnel with sky, clouds, and scenery, some of which is truly spectacular and you really wouldn’t want to miss. That’s also true with those tunnels that we experience in our lives. As Christians we are told that God is light, and what’s at the end of the tunnel? Light. Except when we are with God, not only is He at the end of the tunnel, He’s outside of the tunnel orchestrating the necessary events to bring you back to the light – His light, and He’s also in the tunnel too guiding you along the way. He brings you back into the light, progresses you down the road, into new spectacular scenery, increases your understanding, molds your character, and refines you so that you resemble our true redeemer, Jesus.
The Old Testament story of Ruth is a most glorious example of this principle. The life that she thought she was going to have went sour when her husband died. Yet, through that life, she got a glimpse of her husband’s God. She decided to follow that God and honor her mother-in-law. There’s great trust there. She didn’t know what she would face. She was part of a despised race to the Jewish people. Even though the prospects were bleak, she progresses forward through the tunnel. And, she did it with strength, humility, and faith. She worked diligently and graciously accepted the providences that God provided for her along the way. We can see by the end of her story that surely God was working in the background to bring everything together. God had a special plan for her entire life, even before she knew God. She didn’t have a child with Mahlon, because God had a far greater life planned for Ruth.
And, so it is with us. God has a plan for each of us. Yes, indeed there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that light is always there for us in the form of our personal redeemer, Jesus. Even though you don’t know all the details, trust God’s plan. Trust your Redeemer. He’s got you and everything else in control. Trust Him with your life. Trust Him with your all. He is everything you will ever need. He is everything that you ever desire. His blessings are more than you can ever imagine. That’s why I am so very thankful that He is my redeemer, my life, my all-in-all.
Isaiah 47:4 “Our Redeemer-the LORD of hosts is his name- is the Holy One of Israel.”