The Way Out

Read John 8: 12-14

"I will lead my blind people by roads they have never traveled. I will turn their darkness into light and make rough country smooth before them. These are my promises, and I will keep them without fail." Isaiah 42:16 (Today's English Version)

Michelle Scarboro lives in Georgia. When she was a young girl growing up in rural northeast Georgia, the family would visit Michelle's grandmother every other year for Christmas in Rhode Island. Though she was excited to see her grandmother, Michelle always dreaded one part of the trip - driving through the Lincoln Tunnel. The tunnel was long and dark. As soon as they entered, Michelle would close her eyes, only peeking every so often to check on their progress. When she told her father that it bothered her to be in the tunnel because it was so scary, he said, "Do you want to see your grandmother?" "Of course," Michelle replied. "Well, then," her father said, "we have to go through the tunnel to get to your grandmother's house." After that, Michelle would always watch for the light at the end of the tunnel because she knew it would lead to her grandmother.

Later in her life, Michelle was going through a difficult divorce; sometimes she wished there were another way. Michelle begged God to help her avoid this "tunnel time" in her life. But just as her loving father had reminded Michelle - the only way out is through.

Though this experience was unpleasant, Michelle knew better days were waiting for her. She would catch glimpses of God's light even on the darkest days and eventually Michelle saw the full light at the end of the tunnel.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to stay focused on you and your light during the dark, scary experiences of life, in Jesus' name, amen.

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