“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.