Though outwardly we are wasting away,
yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For our light and momentary troubles
are achieving for us an eternal glory
that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen,
but what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:16b-18)
It all started when I hit 40.
First, I separated my shoulder when I fell going over a ski “jump” that was approximately four-and-a-half inches high. Then I tore my ACL trying to play football with teenagers. Then I developed permanent ringing in my ears from listening to too much loud music. Then I tore a groin muscle trying to guard my niece in a friendly game of basketball. Then I had to get my feet scraped by a foot doctor because they grew creepy-looking “mega calluses.” Then I had to get a pair of root canals because my teeth started falling apart. Then my hair started rapidly retreating from my head and popping up in expected places like my ears and nose.
Instead of grumbling about my sudden cornucopia of nose hair and other physical ailments, I should pry my eyes away from the mirror and LOOK UP.
When we fix our eyes on God and see things from his eternal perspective, everything looks different. Our bodies falling apart is a blessing. God’s work is an inside job. Our troubles are temporary.
What we see ain’t all there is. God’s got something much bigger and better in mind — eternal glory.