And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10 (NET)
When I read the above passage earlier today, I thought about how slowly time seems to move when you are in an unpleasant situation. In reality, the length of the days has not changed but it seems like it, doesn't it.
The longest days of my life was when I was undergoing dose-dense chemotherapy. In reality it was a period of 14 weeks from the time of my first chemo infusion to the date of my last infusion, not even four month but it seemed endless. I was sick, I was tired and I was weaker than I had ever been before. My hair fell out, my nails became deformed, my skin turned greenish-gray and I hobbled about painfully due to nerve pain. I couldn't even have a good cry because my tears were more like pools of oil than tears. Oh what I wouldn't have given for a good, cleansing cry!
Nothing tasted good because my taste buds were being constantly destroyed. I had to use drops, not only in my eyes but in my nose as well to keep things tidy. I never knew how important little things like eyelashes and uh... nose hair was until I lost them. Trust me. They are far more important than you realize and I hope I never have to do without them again!
I hobbled slowly and painfully through each day, counting the weeks, the days, the hours and at times even the minutes until my last treatment. Oh how I longed for it to be all over!
Though it seemed like an eternity at the moment, in reality it only last from February 29, 2008-June 6, 2008. When I calculated the number of days that I have lived I discovered that only .00488551125148% of my days had been spent going through chemo. In comparison to all of my days, though it seemed like an eternity, it was only just a little while.
The unpleasant seasons of our life seem like they are forever and sometimes there are things that really do last for our natural lifetime. We must never forget that though we may have to endure it for a "night", it is not forever, not by a long shot. It is merely a moment.
Paul wrote about this also in the book of 2 Corinthians when he says that our light affliction is but for a moment (2 Corinthians 4:17). Like Peter, he tells us that while we may endure suffering, it is not forever. On the other side of suffering is unimaginable blessing so great that there will come a day when we will remember them no more.
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