Ecclesiastes 3:11-14 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil--this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.
Ecclesiastes is an interesting book. King Solomon looks around and sees the vanity or meaninglessness in many things around him. But the thing I take from all this is that we don't see the full picture of any of it while we're in the middle of it. We are experiencing different things throughout our lives and we must make the best of all the experiences we go through, finding our satisfaction in God alone and all that is eternal in Him. And yet we can find joy in each part, even the most difficult or what seems the most meaningless.
Solomon concludes his thoughts this way: Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. Again, if I may put a positive twist on this--live from the heart; choose God deep within and live from the inside out. Then we will find and experience His goodness.
There are several scriptures which speak to this elsewhere, I believe. 1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God. 1 Peter 3:3, 4 is written specifically to wives but I believe we can all receive of its truth. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. The KJV speaks of this as the hidden man of the heart. David prayed this in Psalm 27:4-6, One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD. And finally, God's work in us--2 Corinthians 3:18 (KJV), But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. Thank you, Lord!