There are a lot of clichés in life.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
By the skin of his teeth…
It’s raining cats and dogs!
You’re fit as a fiddle!
Laughter is the best medicine.
She has nerves of steel!
And our coup de grâce…
There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
These last few weeks, Brig and I thought we could see our light. It was right there in front of us and we were so excited. Brig said to me last night, he didn’t realize the light was a train. The truth in that statement left us both laughing. It was sad, honest, and perfect. Exactly what we both needed.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m still all for the shining a light in dark places motto we’ve adopted with Caleb’s foundation. It’s been our lifeline. I openly declare that we live in the light…but we camp in the dark. We’ve been experiencing some extra dark times as of late (one in particular I shared in my last post). The circumstances under which Caleb died were horrible and tragic in every way. His death still haunts my dreams and catches my breath at times. It can be hard to hike away from our camp in the dark and find our home in the light. Sometimes, the trail is long and the terrain is rough.
That’s life for everyone, though. We all need to find what it is that is our light. We need to have something to hold onto in dark and difficult times. Life is too hard without it. The absence of that bit of light is what causes people to give up. For us, it is our faith. It is our knowledge that families are forever. It is the belief that beyond the train is true light, in the most glorious of places.
So, to you I say, find your light. This journey is rough. No one is without their struggles. In a world of social media and best foot forward (another cliché!), we are loosing our sense of reality. My eyes have been opened in so many ways along this journey. Perhaps the biggest lesson I’ve learned is the need to share the dark and what we learn there, so we know we can call out in the dark because we are not alone. That knowledge makes it so much easier to find the light.