Forty years, like 7 years, is a span of time with Biblical significance. It's the length of time that the Israellites were free from slavery, yet wandering in the wilderness and suffering from the everyday comforts that are often missing in the desert. All while dreaming of this unseen place where they believed those comforts could be once again afforded.
Just last night, history was made. As many African-Americans stood crying and cheering--all in the same instant. Crying tears of mixed sadness and joy. Cheering for the significance of the moment. Forty-four years after Martin Luther King, made his famous speech while daring to "see" an unseen place.
As we Americans hope to be at a much better place in our world in the years to come, so the world is hoping with us. We know that it will take a new kind of leadership.
Yet, just because history was made last night, there is no guarantee that the nomination of a man with African roots is going to actually rise to the political level to which he aspires. There is only hope.
Sometimes hope is all that oppressed people have. No matter what the outcome in the election, however, nobody can take away the glory of witnessing history in the making--something that we all had opportunity to do last night. As the pyramid of power will never look quite the same to any of us!