momentary trials

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light and momentary trials are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

This Scripture has been on my mind for a couple days. As we look back over our lives we see that some things get forgotten because they were only a moment in time. Other things stay in our memory. Tomorrow my earthly father will have been in Heaven 22 years. He has hardly begun eternity.

In my book “Listening in Our Circumstances” (which at this moment is still in process) I tell of ‘cases’ of circumstances from beginning to end. Some only days, some months and today I think of the time my father was ill with cancer. Over the period of a year he lost a lot of weight and was getting tired. He was only 66, a year old than myself. From the time he was diagnosed in November of 1991 until his death in April of 92 he went downhill fast. He had a surgery on a blockage in the bile duct in November, from which he healed quickly, then on to chemo for the lung cancer. It went to his spine and then to his brain. 3 patches of Demerol and morphine drops under the tongue could not completely relieve the pain. His last week was unconscious.

Gary Hibma is no longer in pain. 22 years have passed since those 5 miserable months. He has been enjoying the presence of the Lord face to face much much longer than the time of his trial. Sin in this world causes the pain. The pain we cannot avoid at sometime in our stay here on this earth.  Verse 18 says, 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.

 

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