I’m trying something new today! A friend, who is an amazing writer and blogger at Poets And Saints, encouraged me to try Five Minute Friday where you write for 5 minutes about a topic that is given to you and then you link up with other bloggers who did the same. Each Friday there is a new word given as a theme. I thought I’d give it a try!
Today’s word was: Long. Here’s what I came up with…
(By the way, I wrote for five minutes and then went back and added the pictures and exact Scripture reference. I tried not to edit much because you’re not supposed to overthink it! Okay, maybe I did fiddle with a few sentences, but the main post was done in 5 minutes. This was harder than I was expecting it to be!)
Five Minute Friday: Long
The Longest Temporary
It was like a punch in the gut. My head could not even comprehend it. Three years of chemotherapy? My toddler will be “on chemo” from the age of two to the age of five?
This can not be my life.
It took us time to process what our future held… and what dreams we’d have to let go of.
I sat with swollen eyes and read the one thing that calmed my soul. The Bible.
2 Cor 4:16-18 says:
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Light and momentary? Are you serious?!
Three years of watching my baby boy receive a toxic poison in his blood was not light. And it most certainly did not feel momentary.
But those words washed over me like a balm. They comforted me in a way I can not describe. And though we are now far on the other side of that three awful years, those word comfort me still.
What is seen is temporary.
Temporary is shorter than forever.
It doesn’t always feel that way when you’re looking forward–when the road ahead stretches longer than you can see.
But God’s perfect grace reaches down into the pain of this temporary world.
And though our suffering feels long, His mighty arm reaches longer still.