Affliction may be lasting, but it is not everlasting. Affliction was a sting, but withal a wing: sorrow shall soon fly away. (Thomas Watson)
We’ve all experienced times of great difficulty which seemed like they would never end. Watson’s poetic words encourage us to realize that in the long run those times were relatively short. But they might not have seemed so. In hard times, life seems to move very slowly. In light of eternity, of course, life is very short, so hang on and trust God for better times.
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! (2 Corinthians 4:17)