A season of Advent… Finding the light at the end of the tunnel.

There is always a light at the end of the tunnel… 

After a wonderful thanksgiving break in Nashville with family and friends, with full hearts (and bellies) our fam (#paul6adventure if you follow us on social media) said our goodbyes “for now”    

 and are headed on a short trip to Charlotte, North Carolina.

During the rainy, yet beautiful drive through TN into NC, we drove through two tunnels. Tunnels always bring excitement… And yes, I always honk my horn when we drive through them 😜. It’s the kid in me, I suppose. 

  
 As we entered the first tunnel, we had no idea how long it would be, how curvy it would be or how things would look once we came out the other end. And the same thoughts crossed my mind as we approached the second tunnel. But this time, I paused long enough to be reminded of the upcoming season of Advent. 

Advent creates space to pause and wait. 

It creates a time to be expectant for what is to come… For what lies ahead in the distance. 

A time to hope,

A time to see past the darkness and peek into the glorious light. 

Advent.

I don’t know about you, perhaps you are in the middle of despair, the recent death of a loved one, a diagnosis or depression may consume you… 

The thoughts of hoping again, looking up, or even smiling may seem to hard to bear. 

May you be encouraged today as we approach the season. There will always be a light… It may look gloomy and dim at first like the light at the end of our tunnel during our drive… But it’s there… You just have to look for it. You must pause and be still, even in the darkness… Keep searching for the light and you will find it. You will find it when you look up. There will always be a light at the end of the tunnel. 

And perhaps you are beaming with joy and gladness… You feel as though your “cup runneth over…”

Everything is good in your life, everyone is healthy and all things are falling into place just as you had hoped and dreamed…

During this season, may the Lord use you to shine that light to those around you.  Bring light into those dark places. Spread hope to those in despair. Help turn joy into gladness and bring beauty from ashes. 

Matthew 5:16: “Let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.” 

As we lean in to the season of Advent, get ready to see His light, shine His light and prepare our hearts for what is to come.

 I would love for you to journey with me through this season of Advent right here on the blog. It is my desire to post here regularly during this season and to lean on the words prompted by the Holy Spirit to stir our expectant hearts towards what is to come… Christ… Our Savior. 

John 1:9-14 (NIV): The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

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4 thoughts on “A season of Advent… Finding the light at the end of the tunnel.

  1. Wendy

    Sweet Heather. Your expressions in this blog and God’s Holy word, bring tears to my eyes. This scripture in John, is so beautiful and one of my favorites. Thank you for the reminder of always looking and always finding the “light at the end of the tunnel”. My husband Ben has been working so diligently and faithfully towards completing his degree in CS for the past 6+years!! It has been a long hard road and its difficult to even remember what life was like before homework, tests, financial stress, and “free time”. He and I get a little “burned out” at times, plugging along and knowing that the fruits of his labor will be rewarded in a career that he enjoys & where he finds fulfillment. He is following God’s lead and we know that the direction of his school and change in career path are in God’s plan. We are reminded by your post, that when our vision seems unclear and the world around becomes shadowed, the light is ALWAYS there, we just have to look for it. We have a choice to make each day. When we lock our eyes on God and His promises, trusting His love, provision and His best for each of us, we know that we are where we are suppose to be. His timing is always perfectly planned. Sometimes the shadowed places are actually the “mission field” He wants to use us for….this place, our place of hope in the darkness. The struggle, the depression, the wonder of what is next, how to get from point A to point B and to shine in the midst of our circumstances. Our hope is suppose to be something that brings others to Christ, our witness to the ones who don’t know Him yet. We are called to shine. To shine in despair, to shine in our overflowing cup, to shine in the midst of all circumstances, being content with nothing and content with everything. Plenty, Want, Life and Death, Joy, Sorrow, our hope is eternal and a true everlasting joy that will never end, with Jesus. Both on earth and in heaven. I am so thankful for you, my friend. Your encouragement. Your sweet, transparent and eloquent words, your perspective inspired by the holy spirit. I look forward to sharing this advent season virtually through this blog of yours.
    I love how you said that Advent creates space to pause…and wait. Expectantly! What an important thing for us all to do during this busy time of year. I pray that we are able to step back during these next few weeks and do just that.
    May God continue to bless you and your precious family. Let your Light Shine Always. Love & miss you… sweet sister in Christ. xoxoxo

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    1. heather paul Post author

      Love you sweet Wendy. Thank you so much for commenting and sharing. I now know how I can be praying for your family. Ben has worked so hard (all of you have) and God is going to bless your family so much for enduring. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!!

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