Mountaintops are meaningless without the contrasting valleys.
There are times in your life where you must travel the deep, dark valleys for long stretches before emerging at the summit. Or even getting a glimpse of the summit. Or hearing the promise of a refreshing waterfall on the way to the summit.
In those difficult times, we often cry out for immediate relief. An utterance for rescue or deliverance from the dark place. We rarely get whisked out of the trial into a place of safety and joy. If we were to skip the dark walk, the light would be less sweet.
If we transported easily from the depths to the heights, the heights become dull too quickly. “Oh. Another breathtaking panoramic view. Looks like a hundred others. Ho hum.” Without the experience of the journey, the destination is diminished.
Persevere. Wait for the ultimate prize. Work for it. Sacrifice along the way. The reward magnifies in contrast to the pain.
“Good things come to those who wait.” Do you agree? How long is it reasonable to wait for something you really want?