A voice calls to me from the Seir mountains in Edom, "Night watchman! How long till daybreak? How long will this night last?" The night watchman calls back, "Morning's coming, But for now it's still night. If you ask me again, I'll give the same answer." Isaiah 21:11-12 (MSG)
There are sections of life's journey that seem to take forever. The toughest stretches of the road always seems to take the longest to traverse. Last year I watched as our daughter, Taylor, made all of her wedding preparations. Those last eight months leading up to the big day wore on her as her heart ached to get to the wedding day and get on with her life. This year I watch as our daughter, Madison, prepares to graduate from high school. I'm not sure I've seen such an acute case of Senioritis. She is so ready to get to graduation, spread her wings and fly. I look back at my own experiences, and the countless times when it felt like I was plodding my way through pitch darkness with no hope of the dawn.
Despite a nagging belief to the contrary, God never promised us an easy road. In fact, God's Message consistently reminds us that the path of Life is narrow and difficult. This is not because God does not love us, but because God loves us so much that He will go to great lengths to grow us up, mature us, equip us, and instill in us the character qualities that make us like Him.
It is only through faith and perseverance that we experience the morning light, and realize just how far we've come.