Monday, March 30, 2020

Light at The End of The Tunnel


Light at The End of The Tunnel

The above photo taken by my cousin Doug Frank in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is of a relic building memorializing the once booming copper and iron mining industries of the late 19thand early 20thcenturies. Now the ruins are empty and the hopes long gone for miners and their families. I once drove by many of these Roman ruin-like structures along Lake Superior while trying to turn around a dying hospital serving the region. That hospital was nine mostly empty stories and nearly bankrupt like the mines. Body, mind and spirit were dark for many of the inhabitants. As a turnaround crisis hospital consultant I asked like the Covid-19 experts today, is there light at the end of a long tunnel?  There was, as after a two-year battle and sacrifices of many jobs, we succeeded in saving the hospital and even building a new one to serve the area with healthcare and jobs.  

Many are sacrificing today to save lives and jobs lost through the Covid-19 crisis. As believers we trust that God is in charge. “The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it” (John1:3-5).   In 1 John we read that,“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from allsin (illness).”
 He is the Great Physician and Isaiah 53 tells us that by His wounds we are healed. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and He is the living Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit who intercedes for us.

God is good and He will bring good out of this pandemic as well. It took two years in the UP. Hopefully our viral crisis will be healed sooner. “Those who wait on and hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up on wings as eagles. They will run and not grow weary, walk and not feint. 

As a friend of mine said, “So in these troubled times when there doesn’t appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel, let’s all just take a minute to stop and smell the roses.” We need to look to the light, praise God and help one another to know that God is the overcoming light at the end of the tunnel and all around us even now.  Maranatha- Come quickly Jesus. 

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