“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
We don’t like the tough stuff, but more and more, I am convinced we need it; to build our character, to prove our faith, to demonstrate our need and to shatter our earthly perspective. Without our trials and tribulations we can become soft, comfortable, and content; erroneously convinced that we’ve got this. When people we love die, and things we thought would last don’t, when we suffer disappointments and life lets us down, it drives us to our knees, to the limits of our earthly view. Praise God when in our desperation, in our failure, in our mediocrity, we seek to know something more, something that can’t fail or falter something that can’t die, something everlasting, something eternal.
The eternal perspective… I am thankful for the ways the Lord has reminded me, how He’s removed my ties, just enough of them, so that I wouldn’t be content with what the world has to offer. I’ve lost just enough, mourned just enough, suffered just enough, to sever my attachment and look beyond this life. Considering the invaluable perspective, I am thankful for the times the Lord has grabbed me by the ankles, turned me upside down, and shook me, until I surrendered–my life into His hands.