A friend shared this quote with me earlier this week:
”Public Notice: Due to recent budget cuts, the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil, plus the current state of the economy, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off. Have a nice day.”
I laughed out loud – yes, it has been that sort of year. And certainly has been that for the friend who shared the quite with me. As my FB post, there were many “likes” and comments but one from a childhood friend got my attention. The comment: “How encouraging.”
I started thinking about her response. For Christians, that “light at the end of the tunnel” is the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Paul tells us in Romans 5:3-5: And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Vance Havner, the great preacher of the 20th century (and a Southern Baptist to boot), told us once that there are five words to never forget: “For this I have Jesus”. Romans 5:5 paraphrased says: “and Jesus does not disappoint.”
Frankly Jesus is the light at the end of the tunnel. The light is still on. Regardless of the budget, the economy, the politics of the day, the hurricane, that whatever, for these things, and everything else, truly, Jesus in our hope – the only hope for us and for those around us. The “Public Notice” should be revised to say that and then to ask, “do you know Him?”