“Are we there yet?” must be the most often-asked question while going through this tunnel! The Laerdal tunnel in Norway is the longest land tunnel in the world at 24.5 kilometers. Because of concern for the well-being of the travelers, advice was sought from industrial psychology consultants. To keep people positive, three large caverns were built every six kilometers with blue lighting to suggest daylight and yellow lighting on walls to represent sunrise! But what would keep me positive is the sign with the length posted!
Today’s verse encourages positivity as our troubles are said to be “momentary.” Regardless of the duration, every difficulty in life is temporary when compared to eternity! Pain is momentary but glory is eternal. And the glory experienced in Heaven grows in direct relation to our afflictions here on earth. The hard times experienced by the believer are not only momentary but are working for him. What awaits us far outweighs any sadness and pain on earth.
To answer the question, no, we are not there yet. But we will be. Ten thousand years from now I very much doubt that I will give this pandemic a second thought. All the trials and difficult times I experience are but for a moment They are a temporary condition. And as hard as they feel, it is a pain that is never wasted. My sorrow is not for nothing. This truth keeps me from “losing heart” (verse 16). Remembering this keeps me looking forward to what is unseen and eternal.
Thank you Lord, that life’s trials can seem small when compared to You and eternity!