When I was young, my brothers, sister, and I would use our snow days to build snow tunnels.
My dad would get all the snow piled up along the sides of the driveway and we would start digging at one end. We would take turns getting deeper and deeper into the tunnel. We would use little hand shovels and other times we would use or feet to try to kick our way through.
This would take all day long.
I can remember being in the tunnel. Dark, cold, and jammed against the walls. I could barely do anything but slightly move my arm to clear away some snow. Inch by inch we would chip away doing all we could to reach the other end.
The picture is so clear to me. When after hours and hours of work. I would scrape away some snow with my gloved hands, and see a small beam of light. I would dig faster and faster and eventually I would squeeze my body through and make it to the other side.
Then I would go inside and have some hot chocolate. Celebrate the victory.
As I reflect on this I recognize that for most of the tunnel building process, I was surrounded by darkness. All I could do was continue to do what was necessary to finish my mission.
Maybe this is where you are at today?
Life feels hopeless. You feel like you are not making any progress forward. You feel weak. You feel like the tunnel is too long and you are not going to have the strength to continue.
It is okay to have those feelings. It is okay to be upset with where you are at and how little you feel like you are moving forward. It is okay. It is actually quite human.
But I encourage you today to focus on the goal you have. The goal that you are chipping away with day by day.
Focus on a goal, that feeds you with hope.
Hope in God’s plan for your life.
Hope in yourself.
Hope in the impact you will make.
Friend, if today you are surrounded by darkness. If you feel the walls of the tunnel falling in on you. I beg you to keep digging. Even if it is only with a tiny motion of your hand.
I promise you, the light will break through.
And in that moment, there will be no need for hope.