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The Way Out
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. – Isaiah 42:16 (NIV)
When I was a young girl growing up in rural northeast Georgia, we would visit my grandmother every other year for Christmas in Rhode Island. Though I was excited to see my grandmother, I always dreaded one part of the trip — driving through the Lincoln Tunnel. The tunnel was long and dark. As soon as we entered, I would close my eyes, only peeking every so often to check our progress. When I told my father that it bothered me to be in the tunnel because it was so scary, he said, “Do you want to see your grandmother?” “Of course,” I said. “Well, then,” he would say, “we have to go through the tunnel to get to your grandmother’s house.” After that, I would always watch for the light at the end of the tunnel because I knew it would lead to my grandmother.
Later in my life, I was going through a difficult divorce; sometimes I wished there were another way. I begged God to help me avoid this “tunnel time” in my life. But just as my loving father had reminded me — the only way out is through.
Though this experience was unpleasant, I knew better days were waiting for me. I would catch glimpses of God’s light even on the darkest days, and eventually I saw the full light at the end of my tunnel. —Michelle Scarboro (Georgia, USA)
Dear God, help us to stay focused on you and your light during the dark, scary experiences of life. Amen.