After breakfast my youngest wanted to go play. I replied “First, go brush your teeth!” All of a sudden he crashed to the floor in complete despair, crocodile tears falling from his eyes. “It will only take two minutes”, I tried to comfort him but he responded “No it will take 50million years” by his heart broken and completely bewildered face I knew he 100% believed this two minute chore would take forever and completely ruined all chance he had of any fun ever!
How often do we act like that in life? How often do we treat the temporary like it is the end of the world? Think about the last time you were stuck on traffic… grumbling about every excruciating moment (I remember, I thought for sure I would starve to death before reaching my destination). Or the last time you were dumped, that overwhelming fear that the hurt and emptiness would never go away.
It is so very hard to remember God’s timing is not our timing. The Bible tells us our lives are “but a blink of the eye to God.” Our pain, our hurt, our lives are temporary. It’s eternity that matters, and those who make Jesus thier Lord and Savior get to spend eternity in paradise with our Heavenly Father!
So don’t get caught up in the right now, the temporary but keep your eyes on forever!
Matthew 13:20-21 NASB
 The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;  yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.
Acts 1:4-8 NASB
 Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me;  for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”  So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?”  He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;  but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
1 Peter 1:3-9 NASB
 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,  who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,  so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;  and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,  obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.
via Daily Prompt: TTemporarye