Going through the Darkest Tunnel
Ito ang aming narinig sa Kanyang Anak at ipinapahayag naman namin sa inyo; ang Diyos ang ilaw at walang anumang kadiliman sa Kanya.
1 Juan 1:5
What happened to the world in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic was like going through a dark tunnel. Habang nangyayari ito, nakakapagod, nakakasakal, at nakakatakot. Narasanan mo bang mamatayan ng mahal sa buhay na hindi mo man lang naalagaan dahil bawal silang dalawin sa hospital? Maraming pamilya ang nawalan din ng kabuhayan. Pandemic fatigue, mental issues, lockdowns, social distancing, financial hardships — people experienced these and more.
May darkest tunnel ding dinaanan si Paul na dating persecutor ng Christians. He met God on the road to Damascus where he was blinded by a bright light. Nagkaroon siya ng change of heart at pinili siya ni God to share His word in several churches (Acts 9:18). While doing this, he experienced many hardships like beatings, stoning, hunger, shipwrecks, imprisonment, at iba pa.
No one can go through the darkest tunnel with you except God. Sabi nga sa Psalm 23:4 na even though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, He is with you. It is OK to be not OK today but in the end it will be OK. Ang Diyos ang huhugot sa atin mula sa dilim at ang dulo nito ay may liwanag. Just like what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:8–9, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” When you are helpless, God will guide, comfort, and reassure you of His all-sufficient power and love. You don’t have to go through the darkest tunnel alone.
Lord, in our moment of despair when we feel helpless, teach us to navigate our way ahead. Give us Your abounding grace to trust in Your power and love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Nothing is permanent in this world and every day we choose to have any of these two attitudes: Continue living in fear or direct our focus towards the one who gives light, our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ?