On the last Tuesday of the month, Shane, our What's On Your Mind, '09, hostess asks us to take a picture and write about it. I've probably written about this picture before but I love it and it speaks to my imagination so well!
I took this photo a couple years ago when we were at Pine Hills in the Shawnee National Forest in Illinois. I've always liked it because to me it looks like a road going through a tunnel of trees. If you follow the road through the tunnel, it curves just outside and opens up into two meadows, one on either side of the road. It's dark with patches of sun shining throught the leaves going through the tunnel, but once you hit the meadowlands, it's bright and open.
To me, this is an illustration of the pathway I'm traveling to eternal life. I'm in the tunnel now. I can't really see what is up ahead. It's dark where I am, but I do have those patches of sunlight. Those patches, spiritually speaking, represent illumination when God reveals something to me. I need to pray for more and more illumination so the way doesn't seem so dark, or so puzzling to me. Jesus said that He was light for my path. He is traveling with me. As long as I keep my eyes on Him, I can follow Him out of that tunnel. When I look back at where I've been, I lose sight of Him and stumble.
Someday, I'll break through that tunnel. When I do, it will be so unimaginable! God's word says that what He has prepared for us is beyond what we can dream. I've always been a big dreamer, so this excites me very much. I know one thing, Heaven will be filled with light, because He is the light. Wherever He dwells will be pure radiance.
Someday, I'll look back at that time in the tunnel as nothing, because my time toiling on the pathway to heaven is like a blip in the radar screen of eternity. It's going to be worth the journey, no matter how long it takes to get there.
Someday, I'll experience these words:
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
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