At the start of a journey, you can envision your destination and plan your route. Things seem clear, and the distance from Point A to Point B looks pretty straightforward. Once you arrive, you can look back and see the ups and downs of the path you’ve followed. You can trace it from place to place and moment to moment.
But the middle.
The middle is where things get tricky. Your view of the destination gets obscured because instead of seeing the path, you are walking it.
Hills that looked small enough at the beginning loom much larger as you prepare to climb them.
Detours for which you couldn’t plan cause frustration and take time. Often, you wonder if you’ll ever arrive.
It’s frustrating to feel you’ll never finish or to fear you will fail to finish strong. Sometimes the longing for the goal keeps you from actually going toward it.
Because we’re excited at the start and we’re longing for the stop, and all the while, the meaning is often in the middle.
The every-day walking through this life is how we learn. It’s how we grow. With every step, we inch closer to the goal and become ever more prepared to reach it.
So we walk. We press on. “Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” You must “let perseverance finish its work so that you will be be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:3-4)
How do you get a better perspective when you feel stuck in the middle? How do you “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called” you “heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14)?