Light at the end of the tunnel …

“Oh, how sweet the light of day,
And how wonderful to live in the sunshine!
Even if you live a long time, don’t take a single day for granted.
Take delight in each light-filled hour,
Remembering that there will also be many dark days
And that most of what comes your way is smoke.” Ecclesiastes 11:7-8

Today on a drive from Bedford, PA, to my daughter’s home in Hackettstown, NJ, I drove through three tunnels—one so long I couldn’t see “the light at the end of the tunnel.” Before entering the tunnel, I read signs advising drivers to “Turn on headlights,” “Remove sunglasses,” and “Do not cross lane.”

About a mile into the tunnel, I saw a slit of light ahead of me that began to grow brighter and brighter. Soon, I re-entered the full daylight, and my eyes no longer experienced true tunnel vision. I realized at that moment how much I depended on light for my spirit to soar.

Sometimes, we live our lives as if we have tunnel vision—like a horse with blinder. We block out our peripheral vision to joyful experiences. Our lives becomes busy with routines that monopolizes our time, and our faith begins to function like a dimmer switch going from bright to dim in a flash. We need to remember there will be dark days in our lives, and that God will help us remove our “sun glasses” to appreciate the light-filled hours in our days.

Thank you, God, for filling our days with light. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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