A Light Momentary Affliction


So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to 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.  – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Beginning in February of 2014, I began to waste away. The Scripture passage describes me well when it says the “outer self is wasting away.”  My kidneys had failed and I had infections upon infections leaving me weak and, at times, completely unresponsive.  During that time I was unaware of the fear my husband was experiencing.  When I came to myself and began to recognize the world and the people around me, I learned of the seriousness of my illness.  I was completely unaware that I almost lost my life.

It was in those days of very slow recovery that I recognized my outer self wasting away. There were so many things I simply could not do, and I had to re-learn basic life activities. I can honestly say that, because of the prayers of so many friends, I experienced the miracle described in this Bible passage . . . my “inner self is being renewed day by day.”

I am so grateful that I did not lose heart, for after all, given the immensity of eternity, it was only a light momentary affliction.

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