The curve on the sign at the end of Loop 288 warns you. Traffic zipping along the highway at a posted 60 mph must drop their speed to almost a stop to navigate the hairpin turn that leads to Interstate 35W. Below the picture in bold black letters is one word, temporary.
I first spotted this sign when returning home from visiting our daughter. That was seven, going on eight, years ago. Since we moved to the area, I see it every day on my route to work.
Temporary in my dictionary stands for brief, short-term, stop-gap, transient. I measure it in hours or days, maybe weeks at the outside. But not years or decades.
Every morning, I look for orange barrels, cones, or road construction equipment. They grace most roadways around Dallas these days, but none here. Here, there’s no indication that temporary will change any time soon. In fact, temporary looks pretty permanent to me.
So, just how long is temporary? We don’t always know. The end is often not in our sights. Our timetable is not the one in charge.
The prophet Job lost his home, health, wealth, and family. Was there no end in sight to his losses? David, though promised a kingship, ran for his life and hid in caves without an end in sight to his troubles with King Saul. The Israelites were conquered, exiled, and scattered like pollen in the wind … with no end to their oppression in sight.
Yet, each held on to a promise. God’s promise that He would never leave nor forsake them. That temporary was not permanent. That this, too … whatever hairpin turns they faced in life … would come to an end.
And we can hold on, too. Hold on to the hope in temporary. To the hope that the end is at least in God’s sight.
So, how long is temporary? Somewhere in the city’s vision, a plan exists to fix that hairpin turn. At some point, although I can’t see when, I trust that temporary is not permanent. That temporary comes to an end.
In his kindness, God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. (1 Peter 5:10, NLT)
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