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For the past two night I have parked on the opposite side of the building where I work—it’s the same side where Jan picked me up after my interview there, nearly a year ago.

Those days were days filled with excitement as we anticipated moving to Louisville and starting a new adventure. Now, realities have set in and it’s not so exciting.

I couldn’t help but think of Abraham. If he could have seen the trouble with Lot, the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah, the lies to Abimelech & Pharaoh, the trouble with Hagar and Sarah’s years of barrens, would he have set out?

Real life can be hard, but live with pain is to miss the “dance” as Garth sang years ago.

Fictional life can be hard too. Bilbo & Frodo set off on adventures, full of excitement only to be confronted with peril upon peril.

And so it is with us. The drudgery of the job; the difficulties of studies; reality of life apart from all we know; financial strains; and all the adjustments tend to lessen the job associated with this new adventure.

We came here with hope. Hope of a new beginning, a future job—a career serving God. Scripture says:

Hope delayed makes the heart sick,
but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
–Proverbs 13:12

Our hope, from our perspective, has been delayed. But, in reality, we are being prepared for what God has in store for us. Our tree has been planted and its roots are going deep and developing.

If Abraham had given up, Isaac would not have been born. Smaug would have kept his gold and the dark lord would have his ring if Bilbo and Frodo had thrown in the towel.

Out treasure is in jars of clay, but it is nevertheless, a treasure. All that we will be has not yet been revealed, so these temporary difficulties will not crush us.

17 For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. 18 So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
–2 Corinthians 4:17–18