The best place is often the hardest place of all. There. I’ve said it. I don’t like that I’ve said it but know in my heart that it is true.

C.S. Lewis wrote, “We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”

How true.

I’m posting some lyrics from Third Day’s “Tunnel” today because (and for reasons I cannot go into here) Sandy and I find ourselves in a tunnel of sorts. I awoke this day humming this song and grateful for the encouragement in it. Though it does not mention the Lord (much to my dismay), it is understood that the only real hope is found in Christ Jesus.

Of the many reasons for trials is the perspective that God allows us to pass through the fire to show His body and the world how His love and Life can come through in vessels that are consumed. Sandy and I found out about 4:30 yesterday afternoon that our faith is on trial (1 Peter 1:7; 4:12). Some will be watching and judging along the way. God forbid, they will have their opinions why we face this recent drama. Some, sad to say, just enjoy seeing the calamity in others. Still others are dying to see Jesus in it and our prayer is that we will show them Jesus. Pound us into dust, Lord, and consume us until we are no more. We want the Life of Christ to be carried on through our dying! (2 Corinthians 4:10,11)

In that same chapter, the Apostle Paul speaks of a tight, constricted place. A tunnel, perhaps, that narrows the deeper one descends. “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed…” he wrote. Literally, ‘we are squeezed on every side but we are not stuck there…’ (v8)  How wonderful! In Christ there is always a way out, a way up, a way through!

In conversation this evening, Sandy and I were blessed by the Spirit of God who reminded us: often when we find ourselves in a hard place, we give all our attention to the circumstances at hand and forget that all we go through–ALL of it–is to prepare us for eternity! This, too, will pass. And in glory, it will not be remembered but the blessing that comes from it will shine on from glory to glory! (please read Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 3:18)

Those of you who know and love us, lift us to the Lord that we will remember these things. May your prayer be that the Life of God will come through Sandy, Graham and me. That what we face is undoubtedly a Tunnel of Love; that here is a place with no wriggle room so the Father can once again renew His covenant of chesed (Hebrew, ‘loyal love’) with His children. Praise Him in the Hard Place!

HOPEfully, you too will find His strength through these words to carry on. Indeed, child of God, there is light at the end of your tunnel for you…

Well I won’t pretend to know what you’re thinking
And I can’t begin to know what you’re going through
And I won’t deny the pain that you’re feeling
But I’m gonna try and give a little hope to you
Just remember what I told you
There’s so much you’re living for

There’s a light at the end of this tunnel
There’s a light at the end of this tunnel for you34434157_c2fb2734fa_b.jpg
For you
There’s a light at the end of this tunnel
Shining bright at the end of this tunnel for you
For you
So keep holding on

You got your disappointments and sorrows
You ought to share the weight of that load with me
Then you will find that the light of tomorrow
Well it brings new life for your eyes to see
So remember what I told you
There’s so much you’re living for

There’s a light at the end of this tunnel
There’s a light at the end of this tunnel for you
For you
There’s a light at the end of this tunnel
Shining bright at the end of this tunnel for you
For you

So keep holding on
Keep holding on…

Give thanks to God for this Pasture of Peace he has provided for us to lie down upon today…

P.S.  If you’d prefer a different blog style, you may want to check out my other blog at www.pasturescott.blogspot.com 

Post Author: Pasturescott

One Reply to “The Hard Place”

  1. And the light at the end of the tunnel is not a train headed in the wrong direction, but the Light that is our LORD; waiting with a “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

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