Another way of describing that term is patience. Patience to endure the present in order to reap the rewards promised in the future. God has made so many promises in Scripture to those who endure trials. He promises good things to those who wait:
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12
There are countless verses in the Bible that speak of how great the rewards of Heaven will be compared to the difficulties we face on this earth:
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though the outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things with are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
But the realization came that considering the grand scheme of Heaven and eternity, it is light. Some days the idea of living without Evie is insurmountable. I probably have, give or take, fifty more years on this earth. That seems like a really long time to live without someone I love.
But how long is fifty years compared to eternity? It is light indeed.
So delayed gratification. I realize that I must be denied something wonderful in this life so I can reap great benefits and rewards in Heaven. And spending every day of eternity with my sweet girl will be unbelievably more wonderful than any day we could have had together here.