“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
As you may already now, I do not like going to the dentist. I am managing to get through cleanings and exams without running out of the office. Little victories. Sometimes, there are things that need to be done, that are just difficult. One of these things is getting fitted for a night guard. There is an impression mold one must suffer through, sorry…one must do to in order to have the night guard made. This bite tray is filled with the thickest goop and then I have to let it sit in my mouth as it molds around my teeth. It is the 5 longest minutes ever recorded. My goal is to not gag and cry. Usually both things happen and for the cherry on top, you then have to pay for it and they are not cheap. I had to get one made. I was whining (no other way to put it) to my husband that I have to do this. He said in a very calm voice “Everything is temporary. As much as you don’t want to endure something, it will end at some point. You just have to get through it and it will be over.” I realized, this can apply to anything we go through in life.
When difficult matters arise in our lives, big or small, there are truly temporary. We need to remember this no matter how much it doesn’t seem possible. A traffic jam, the baby won’t stop crying, the long line at the store, back pain, listening to the long winded venter, the flu, one’s fight against cancer, our life…it is all temporary. I am not making light of difficult situations, especially health battles and persecution. Our lives or things in it being temporary isn’t to bring sadness, it should actually bring encouragement. The encouragement that God may reveal something to us, to carry out His will and strengthen our patience. We will get through it, this too shall pass. This temporary life is preparing us for what is eternal.
“Dear Heaven Father, when I have to do things that seem uncomfortable or annoying, remind me this is temporary. Forgive me for complaining about the things in this life. I thank you for all the things you have blessed me with that I have taken for granted. Please give me a better attitude. Let your light shine in me and find the positive in all I do in a day. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN!”