For all things are for your sakes, that the grace, being multiplied through the many, may cause the thanksgiving to abound unto the glory of God. Wherefore we faint not; but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is for the moment, worketh for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory; 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.
This is actually one of my favorite concepts that many people have difficulty with. The Big Picture. Not just looking at the totality of your life here on Earth, but the really big picture of the existence of your soul. Taken in that view, the difficulties and heartaches, plumbing problems and endless house repairs (nope, not complaining, just commenting <grin>) – these are all very temporary, and in the long run, the blink of an eye when compared with life with our Father in Heaven.
And while “This too shall pass” is an old proverb from the 13th century, it does sum up the temporal aspect of this passage. When compared with the even longer and broader aspect of eternity, this – whatever this is – won’t even be a blip on the radar. We are so very blessed by God that if we focus on that, the temporal ceases to be important.