I received a metaphor from God on perseverence sometime mid-January.
See faith as a roller coaster (I know, cliche, right?). In order to gain enough momentum to complete a loop, cars must be dropped from a great height. The ride to the top isn't thrilling or any great experience at all, but you wouldn't dream of climbing out mid-ascension because you're bored. Persevere through the climb, and that effort will become momentum.