The concept of hope is simplistic in principle, but can be quite strenuous in practice. When life is going in your favor, it’s very easy to be positive. Just as it’s easy to give away your food when you’ve already eaten and find you are no longer hungry. We’re always told to see the light at the end of the tunnel…but what about trying to see the light down a tunnel filled with smoke, bugs, people, and darkness. When your tunnel is clogged with distractions, the light can seem almost invisible. When you view the tunnel like this, you realize that sometimes it’s harder for some to see the light (have hope for the future) and sometimes it just takes patience and faith to keep fighting to the end.
Some of these distractions in your tunnel could represent any struggle you’re facing. Maybe you know a toxic person that tries to add “smoke” to your life by convincing you there is no light. You might have little “bugs” in your life that act as pet peeves that always seem to randomly show up. Or, you might even have a person trying to push you out of the tunnel into a realm of complete darkness. In order to be able to fight the distractions in the tunnel, you have to rebuild your mental strength up everyday. You have to remind yourself who you are and where you are going. When you know where you’re going, it’ll be easy to sift out the distractions. And if you don’t know where you’re going, just don’t give up on yourself. It’s okay to walk through smoke sometimes, just keep on walking.
Let’s imagine our friend Sally finds herself walking down a path in an outstanding park. The birds are chirping and the sky is practically smiling at her. She stumbles upon a tunnel connected to the path. As she’s walking through it, she notices this horrid aroma. A wave of fear encircles around her. As she looks back to retreat to the path she was once skipping upon, she notices the only thing behind her is darkness. Sally can vaguely see in front of her at this point in time. But, she notices a tiny light in the distance. She realizes that she needs this light to find the joy she once had. So, Sally decides to stand up and practice an act of faith. Although Sally is pestered by bugs and haunted by the overwhelming darkness, she keeps her focus on the light at the end of the tunnel. She stays hopeful. Sally realizes that if she can just keep walking, one day she will take her final step back onto the path in the beautiful park.
In a way, Sally is like most of us. We go through life happily until a random day of intensity arrives. It nearly knocks us to our feet while simultaneously knocking out every bit of hope we had. But you see, having hope when life is going well is effortless for almost everybody. The true test of faith arises when we’re faced with these tunnels of obscurity. Each of us will allow our light to be different things in our life. Our light, or whatever it is we place our faith and hope in, will guide us through the cloudy tunnels of life. This light will prevent us from having to completely walk through the tunnel alone and in absolute darkness. I think it’s important to remember that all trials are temporary. Don’t allow anything in your life to convince you that you just need to take a nice seat on that cold, tunnel floor…forever. DON’T DO IT. Keep walking. Keep pushing. It’s okay to be scared, it’s okay to cry, it’s okay to second guess yourself sometimes…but don’t give up. Please. Remember that there is hope and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. If you can practice faith, if you can remain hopeful, your final step will come.