Week 17 – Light at the end of the tunnel

Laerdal tunnel is one of the longest road tunnels in the world. If you search online, you can see pictures of this long tunnel located in Norway. It is 24.5Km long (15.23 miles), and it takes around 20 minutes to drive through the tunnel. The tunnel does not have emergency exits, but there are many emergency phones along the tunnel, fire extinguishers every 125 metres (410ft), and cameras checking vehicles entering and exiting the tunnel. There is also special wiring in the tunnel for the use of radio and mobiles phones. In addition, this tunnel is the first in the world to be equipped with an air treatment plant. Even so,  we could literally  say: “it takes too long to see the light at the end of this tunnel”.

I believe all of us will have used these expressions at some point: “I can see the light at the end of the tunnel”, or “I cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel”. If you are going through difficult times, you may be optimistic and use the first expression, or pessimistically use the second expression. Funnily enough, we can use Laerdal tunnel as a metaphor for these times in our lives. Sometimes it feels that the tunnel has no end, and the journey can become long and unpleasant. The tunnel which you are now going through in your life, can be long and without emergency exits, just like Laerdal tunnel, but you know you can get out of that tunnel if something happens, thanks to all the safety devices, which are installed along the way. In life, we can face many tunnels, and these tunnels come with God’s safety devices. In the Laerdal tunnel there are phones along the way, in our lives we have family and friends. In this tunnel, there is special wiring to enable radio and mobile phone connections. In our lives, if we want, we can have a connection with God, available 24 hours a day. You might not be able to get out of the tunnel right now, but you know you can pass through it safely. Do not worry; there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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