June, 8, 2011

Light at the End of the Tunnel

I’ve often reflected on how Mary Magdalene felt upon finding a dark, empty tomb where she had hoped to see the body of her beloved friend and teacher.

Liz Lemon Swindle’s Why Weepest Thou

Of course, she had once been taught the doctrine of the resurrection, but, as His death became a reality, I suspect that the image of His prophesied glorious return must have proved an almost unimaginable one – even for such a faithful woman.

I think we’ve all stood with Mary Magdalene at some point in our lives.  Maybe we haven’t seen the empty Garden Tomb, but we’ve had moments when our futures looked a bit bleak.  We’ve all felt the loneliness creep in perhaps at the loss of a loved one or at the end of a good chapter in our life’s book.

Some of us in college may have questioned why we ever began our journey in education and puzzle over where exactly it will lead us. For those of us at school in Provo, some of us have wondered if we’ll ever see the sun again!

Indeed, the roads through life, love, education, career, and so forth will sometimes take us through “tunnels,” or periods of darkness and uncertainty.  But, as Mary soon discovered, there is always a light at the end of them.

The Lord does not leave His children comfortless for long if they’ve marched through the tunnels of life with faith.  One day, perhaps in spring, we too will realize that He has been with us all along.
“Jesus saith unto her, ‘Mary.’ She turned herself, and saith unto him, ‘Rabboni’; which is to say, ‘Master’.”
John 20:16

– Karen Mckay, Art Education Major and Education in Zion Gallery Educator