Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
I recently had my knee operated on. A minor surgery – just an arthroscopic cleaning out so I thought. When the surgeon got in there, he had to remove torn cartiledge as well. So, the operation was still minor but a little more than I thought.
In my light affliction, I have learned a lot about myself. I have learned that I am impatient. I don’t like being slowed down and I don’t think I like getting older at times. I hate that I can’t go down the stairs without discomfort and the tightness and ache in my knee is frankly annoying.
Yes, my outer man is decaying – I am, after all, human. I will get older and have physical problems as I age. But, my inner self can be renewed each day in Christ. I need to look past this world and to the eternal one. If I can accept my failings and live in Christ, He will make all things new again.
I have also learned in this time of recovery that I am truly blessed. I have so many great friends and a wonderful family that has supported me through all this. I have friends at church who are praying for me and offering me well wishes. I have been able to look at the eternal lessons – love being the primary one.
I would recommend to everyone a period of affliction. It has taught me to give everything to God and to sympathize with others that truly have major illnesses and issues. I thank God for slowing me down and helping me to look at the important things of my life – that is God Himself first and foremost.