I have had type 1 diabetes for 42+ years, and I am very thankful that it is temporary.
Yes, perhaps someday I’ll be the recipient of a working pancreas transplant or a robotic pancreas or some other “cure.” Or maybe I won’t. Either way, my diabetes is temporary. Someday, it will be gone, and I’ll have a body that can metabolize blood glucose.
No more finger pricks and shots and pumps and counting carbohydrates. No more need for Hemoglobin A1Cs or endocrinologist visits.
I’m ready to celebrate!
But diabetes is not the only thing that is temporary, of course.
To my friends Stan and Chuck, MS is temporary.
To my sister Kathy, Rheumatoid arthritis is temporary.
To my friend Terra, loss and grief are temporary.
Loneliness is temporary. Depression is temporary. Chronic pain is temporary.
Cancer: temporary. Abuse: temporary. Dementia: temporary.
One of the reasons I enjoy reading the Bible is that I believe it displays the bigger picture of life for us. It provides perspective. From beginning to end, it’s easy to see that all the bad circumstances of life are just temporary. The Bible describes life as a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
See, when Jesus told people not to worry about their lives but to seek the kingdom of God, he was telling them, and us, that stuff is only temporary.
When Jesus healed people of their diseases, he was telling them that their sicknesses were only temporary. All these people eventually died of something, and yet all of it was temporary.
When Jesus’ close friend Lazarus was deathly ill, Jesus didn’t immediately run to his rescue. Why? Because Jesus knew it was all temporary.
Jesus told the thief on the cross next to him, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” In other words, this is just temporary.
My circumstances and yours are temporary, no matter how difficult they are or impossible they seem. Even if healing or reconciliation or freedom or stability never come in this lifetime, it is still all temporary.
“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. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).
I’m ready to really celebrate!
What does temporary mean to you?