“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
–John 8:12 (New Living Translation)
Many times, for whatever reason, life calls us to leave our comfort zones. Maybe you are going through a grueling experience right now, such as the loss of a job or family member. But instead of finding our comfort in things, God wants us to find our comfort in Him.
As a hospital chaplain, grief is something that I face quite frequently. So I would like to tell you a story that I tell my patients. Since I cannot see, I have a dog named Ansel who guides my wife and I through the hospital. It can be challenging to trust a dog, just like it can be to trust God. But if you can see him in your mind’s eye, and you can understand the relationship that quickly forms between people and service animals, it will help you form a picture of the way God wants to guide you, and how much He’d like you to trust in His guidance.
We all go through hard times, but in order to face the stormy ocean waves of life, we need to put our anchors down deep in the peaceful waters of God’s love.
I want to challenge you to reflect upon this quote: “Don’t look for the light at the end of the tunnel. Look for the light in the tunnel with you.” Whatever you may be facing today, pray and seek God with your whole heart. He wants to go through that pain with you. Get together with other believers who can encourage you, and look to His Word instead of circumstance. You will be surprised at how God works, for with Him, all things are possible!