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Psalm 42 and 43, Tunnel Vision

Key Verse

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.
— Psalm 43:5

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, June 21, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

As a kid, I remember driving through tunnels on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and thinking how cool they were. I loved looking at the jagged rock faces on all sides, like a completely alien landscape, and momentarily forgetting there was anything outside of my immediate surroundings.

In times of trouble, I can get a different kind of tunnel vision. It seems as though the difficulty or sorrow is all there is, that there is nothing before and nothing after. I’m lost, claustrophobic, unable to imagine anything else.

In those moments, I need to remember the Light of the World, God who takes on all our hurts and griefs. Because as much as I liked those mountain tunnels, what made them especially cool was that moment of seeing light ahead, and of emerging into the bright, sunlit forest vista on the other side.

God, our Hope, is the Light at the end of every tunnel.

Loving God, sustain me in all my trials, and fill me with hope that you are with me in all things. Amen.

 

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