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Friday
Sep132013

Momentary light affliction?  HA!

While studying in the Word of God this morning, I came upon a familiar verse.  Well, more than familiar - life changing would be a better description.  I first came upon this verse at a time when the hopes and dreams I had for my life were totally shattered.  After years of trying to have children and one almost adoption, I was so sad.  All I ever wanted to be was a mother and yet I found myself barren at a time in the world when there were no babies to adopt.  Hopeless.  But God is a God of miracles, right?  However, when I ran across this passage, I was also facing a hysterectomy.  Oh, the pain of it all.  If only the longing in my heart would go away maybe I could just get on with the life God planned for me.  Obviously, His plans for my life did not include children. So what now Lord?  How do I move from this place of pain to the see it as the place of God?  Faithful is our God who led me to 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 which says:

"For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.  For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."
Oh no, barrenness did not seem at all like a momentary light affliction.  Far from it. But, in light of eternity - it was and it is. As I sat and sit even now and ponder before the Lord these verses, I see this kind of scale with my longing for children on the one side and the eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison on the other.  In that very moment, I longed for what I could not see...what was eternal.  Oh He is faithful and the things He has shown me about how in this and other momentary light afflictions He is preparing me for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.  I could tell you stories!

What momentary light affliction (HA!) is in your scale today and how does this verse minister truth into that affliction?