Chapter 22 - The Light at the End of a Dark Tunnel -- Living and Learning From the Healing Waters of Courage
Even When It Seems Life is Totally Hopeless We Have to Keep the Faith that God Will Provide a Better, Happier Way As Long
As We Don’t Lose Heart.
If there is one thing I have learned over the course of my life, it is to trust that there really is a light at the end of a dark tunnel. There have been countless times I have felt trapped in darkness as if I had no way to turn. I spent most of my past running away from facing my fears because I felt it would be way too much for me to handle.
However, all my running from fear just kept me spiraling down a staircase of despair until I finally realized that I had to trust God would lead me on the right path. Learning to trust God when times are hard is not easy for any of us because we live in a society of instant gratification. Instead of patiently waiting for the bad times to pass, we often want to live in a time of constant peace. Even though a peaceful life is what we all desire, I have learned my greatest spiritual growth came during times of frustration and pain. I had to struggle in order to grow stronger and better.
In the following poem, “The Light at the End of a Dark Tunnel”, the story is told of a journey of a lost soul trying to find his way out of darkness to a place where the light of serenity shines through boldly and strongly.
The Light at the End of A Dark Tunnel
I was walking along through a tunnel
Full of darkness and cold air.
I was so mad at life and asked God why
Some people were so selfish and did not care.
Somehow I felt that I had been punished
To spend my life walking around this tunnel in vain.
Then I realized that maybe I had to spend
Some time in the darkness to come to terms with my pain.
In the midst of my despair I just felt
So trapped as if I could not see.
Then I just kept searching endlessly
For something encouraging to set me free.
I kept looking around and did not see anything
But dark energies trying to bring me down.
It seemed the more I tried to figure things out
I remained confused and lost within a constant frown.
With little strength left I just decided
To fall down on my weary knees.
I decided to say a prayer in the depths of my loneliness
That God would come rescue me.
With little breath I had
Within my soul to fully breathe,
I prayed and asked God to give me the answers
To come to terms with all my miseries.
I listened intently for God to somehow
Give me the solution to all of my constant worries,
Yet the harder I tried to hear His response
I was too busy replaying all my crazy, troubled stories.
There were voices from my past echoing
Words of constant defeat in my ears.
All it did was remind me of all the times
I felt like a lost soul suffocating from my continual fears.
When I reflected back upon my past wounds
And all the crazy setbacks that kept me feeling cold,
I could still feel the chills of wrong choices
And bad decisions making me feel so completely old.
It seemed the harder I tried to understand
The lessons that I was meant to understand,
I prayed that God would help me find a new path
Where I would never let go of His hand.
As the tears of past bad choices seemed
To flood my memory with years of regret,
There came a soft, gentle voice that spoke to me
In the dark tunnel saying don’t give up just yet.
It was as if I had almost stopped hoping
That things would get better,
Yet the sweet spirit of God reassured me
He and I would always be together.
With much desperate hope to find the courage
To begin a new path that was truly full of peace,
I could hear the special, kind words of God whispering
Just have faith and keep holding on to me.
Knowing that I had not always listened to
His voice in my past like I should have done,
God breathed a fresh vision within my dying spirit
To comfort me that a great path had just begun.
With more courage and a bolder hope that maybe
I could find a way out of the dark night of my soul,
I may have been walking in the dark but now
Had felt a love so much that would never let me go.
Even though the world around me was so dark
And full of possible threats and rejection,
I held on to the words of God that He would
Be my refuge and keep me going in the right direction.
After many long days and nights of walking
In such a dark and dreary place,
I noticed a light ahead of me that seemed to shine
On the path before me with such elegance and grace.
Through all my prayers and determination
To keep the faith no matter how bad things may be,
When I reached the light at the end of my dark tunnel,
I thanked God for loving my soul relentlessly.
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