Genesis 29:19-20 Laban said, "It's better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me." So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
I remember when my oldest daughter was in 1st grade, she had gotten an ear infection. I had trotted her (along with my other two) into the doctors office. I carried her around the doctors office and laid her head on my shoulder in hopes to 'love' the pain away. Now, at 15 years old, walking her around the room won't take some of the teenage pains away. As our conversations are about boys and college and marriage - I think of how fast my little girl has grown up.
Even though there was a lack of enthusiasm on Laban's part - more of a "better than someone I don't know" kind of thing - Jacob barely noticed the work, for he was enjoying the journey that would ultimately win him the prize. Just like with our children, even though the work is hard and the journey may seem long in years, time itself seems to fly by before you know it.
When we think about our spiritual life, do we hold God in the same light? Do we consider that our time here on earth will be a time of work and hard labor - yet it will pass by so quickly because our eyes will be on the true prize - God? Will we be able to say at the end of our days - "I worked hard and labored much - but I don't remember any of that - I only remember looking forward to spending the rest of eternity with Jesus after a job well done".