If you wear cologne or perfume, you probably have not given much thought to how it is produced other than wondering why it is so expensive. That is pretty much the case with me until I came across some interesting information in my reading this weekend.

Just a little to the south of the Balkan Mountains in Bulgaria is an area known as The Valley of Roses, which is the largest producer of rose oil in the world. The Bulgarian rose essential oil is incredibly expensive due to its fragrant, calming and purifying effects. It is primarily used for the production of high quality perfumes and referred to as “the liquid gold of Bulgaria.” Here is the interesting part. The rose pedals must be collected while it is still dark, just before dawn and before the flowers have blossomed. It is believed that at that time of day the concentration of rose oil is at its highest. Just before sunrise, you can hear the rose pickers enter the rose fields and begin picking the fragile rose pedals.

For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime!Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.Psalm 30:5

David wrote these words just as he was coming out of a very difficult season of life. He was rejoicing because his suffering was coming to an end and the dark clouds of his difficulties were dissipating with the rise of a new day. A careful study of the language used by David in this passage reveals a powerful truth that we can lean on during difficult days. David imagines “weeping” as a guest who spends the night, but describes the deliverance of God as the joy that moves in permanently.

For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!2 Corinthians 4:17

L.B. Cowman’s said, “It is indeed extremely doubtful that a person’s soul can really know the love of God in its richness and in its comforting, satisfying completeness until the skies are dark and threatening. Light emerges from darkness and morning is born from the womb of night.”

None of us like trials or difficulties, but they do serve a purpose. And just as the “liquid gold of Bulgaria” reaches its peak concentration just before the new harvest at dawn, our character is strengthened most during our darkest days. But those dark days and the weeping connected to them is temporary. It is only like a guest who stays the night. Victory and joy will take up permanent residence in our souls as morning comes and will sustain us as we journey with Christ.