Like watching a javelin thrown through the air to a rallying point, we catch a vision of where we are to be in the future. We hear God’s whisper wooing us forward toward that goal, “this is the way.” We muster strength to press on toward the high calling, a joyous feast with the One who gave us reason to hope.

“So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.”

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 MSG