In the Appalachian Mountains often the preferred method of getting to the other side of a mountain is to go through the mountain.
Where I grew up, I remember two particular monster mountains with tunnels going through them, Little Walker and Big Walker. They were considered dangerous to go over and it was impossible to go around them, so a tunnel was made through them.
As a small child those tunnels were very scary to me; they were dark, with only tiny lights placed at intervals which did not make it at all like daylight; they did however mark the route through the tunnel.
I always waited with intense apprehension for the opening that could be seen rather far ahead. To be able to see a small opening to the outside, the promise of trees, open spaces and the sunlight, released my tense anxiety and deep breaths could once more begin.
All people over the earth have not all gone through the mountains by way of a tunnel, but we have all been allegorically "through the mountain."
Often-times we would be grateful to struggle to get over the mountain, or around the mountain; preferable would be to avoid the mountain altogether, but life happens to us. Those dark long journeys, when we cannot see the normal usual surroundings in the same light to which we are comfortably accustomed, is an experience we all go through at sometime in our lives.
During those dark times we are wise to remember that at some point there will be daylight. Eventually the dark and repressive experience will come to an end, that is IF we continue to go forward. It is no time to stop when we are in the dark of a problem. Jesus knew about this as a necessity for winning over problems.
Jesus certainly pressed on during the week of His Passion. Dark and painful and lonely was His experience, but He looked forward to the "joy that was set before Him." He was looking at the light of promise in the tiny opening at the end of the horrors perpetrated upon Him as a flesh and blood man.
Is there any way that any person can exist during the times when pain is their constant companion, or when a beloved child or spouse or parent is suffering, and it seems there is no help, nor yet any end to it? There is, but there is no really comfortable path through those things. The only comfort to be found is in the promise that there will be light at the end of the problem.
In the Book of Job we may read about the experiences of Job, and let us not forget his wife. Mrs. Job suffered all of it as a healthy person; she too had lost all her family belongings, her 10 children, and for all practical purpose anyone to comfort her, she had lost her husband also, for a period of time.
It is the wonderful fact that time moves on, if we want it to do so, or do not desire it. If we hang on, keeping our eyes on the fact that God has good things for us ahead, and indeed is with us in the problem, then we will be able to see the tiny opening at the end of the dark tunnel in which we find ourselves during these times.
Big Walker required a longer Tunnel than did Little Walker, just as does our various problems, but in either a short tunnel or a long tunnel we have real hope, even while we are inside the darkness, the Light of the World is our Companion.
God is available to every person whom He has created. Let us call out to Him, He will light up the darkness, even if for a while it be only a tiny light in the deep darkness, He marks the path to the brightness of freedom and vision.
Anticipate the light that will surely appear. Keep your eyes searching for the light at the end of the tunnel, it is there. No tunnel lasts forever for those who are pressing forward and looking to The Lord of Light.
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