A tumble of temporary midst the lure of the eternal

We inhabit the temporary and the temporal.

Live in the ephemeral on a planet spinning through space.

Accumulate achievements in a race against the loss of our faculties.

Store up for tomorrow against an unknown future.

Because all beauty is fleeting, fragile, blown away on a breeze.

We resist the ageing process and its deleterious effects.

See our bodies sag and our spirits slump in sympathy.

We clock-watch, tick off the time. Mind the months and miss the moments. Click To Tweet

Get tempted by false promises on our way to pushing up the daisies.

Our lives may often seem devoid of meaning here but they count enormously in the light of eternity.

What matters most is who we know (Jesus) and how we live (for Him).

What counts is how we make each moment count for Him.

God imbues our days with meaning, purpose and plans beyond the now. Click To Tweet

This life is a place of seeing and receiving grace, and a temporary stopping place on our way to an eternal Kingdom to come.

A tumble of temporary..

temporary WoJ

I find myself engaged in temporary

in fleeting, insubstantial, pass away

where words shift and slide

where dreams drift and collide.

And I’m dizzy going round

in crazy-busy circles, drowned in sound.

It all moves too fast for me.

It’s a tumble of temporary.


I long for some solid ground.

Give me clean air to breathe

and mossy paths beneath

my feet. Grant me glades

to wander through where

each misty haze

contains a glimpse of You.

misty glade temporary poem

My body remains earthbound

but my spirit soars free

because You came, bled and

died to set us at liberty.

This world is not our Home

just temporary dwelling place.

For no matter where I roam

my heart is rooted in Your grace.


Life’s toil, concern and care

are like birds nesting within

my hair. They seek to make

a home but before long

they too will have flown.

birds- temporary poem WoJ

Lord, let me have a taste

of eternal Kingdom come.

Take me deeper into You

while I yearn for my new

everlasting Home.


The poem above is a day 20 offering for five-minute-free-writes. Today’s prompt is:  ‘temporary’. I aim to write as often as God graces me with words and energy enough to join in with the write-31-days challenge during October. 

You can catch the remaining prompts here. Thank you for sharing this journey with me. I appreciate your support and company! 🙂

eternal - temporary poem WoJ

6 thoughts on “A tumble of temporary midst the lure of the eternal”

  1. I love the thought of this life being only a temporary stopping place. Thank you for reminding me of this hope-filled truth, Joy. Sometimes I long so much to be with Jesus eternally, but as I wait for His time, I with you pray “Take me deeper into You while I yearn for my new everlasting Home.”

    1. I know, Trudy, such thoughts help us to endure painful circumstances here, don’t they? That deep inner longing you feel is part of God’s inheritance to us because we are made for so much more than this world can offer. We have a Hope that is certain, beyond what eyes can see and touching eternity. May you find rest in God’s loving presence as you yearn for change in this lifetime and for your eternal Home in heaven. Blessings of peace to you, my friend.

  2. Hello Joy — LOVE the look of your new site. So bright and crisp and clear. Really highlights your message all this beautiful white space. All the best with your new site. Just subscribed and LIKED your new FB page. So excited for you as you grow your community. Your precious words are such a wonderful contribution to our global conversations. HUGS. xxoo

    1. Hello Sheila. Thank you so much for stopping by! I’m still settling in to this new WordPress site and loving being here. It feels like a fresh start in many respects, even though I’ve been blogging as ‘Words of Joy’ for a few years now. But it offers scope to grow the kind of encouraging and supportive community I have in mind. You can see what I mean with this post: https://www.wordsofjoy.me/why-being-in-community-matters-to-me/ Bless you for your kindness, lovely friend. I’m honoured to have you here! 🙂 Xx

  3. Your words have such a beautiful way of setting me free to lean into God. I appreciate the flow of your poem and can feel the tumble of temporary when you say those words. God has bigger and better plans for us and those will come to be when we meet Him face to face. Love this! Your poems are beautiful and you should publish them in a book.

    1. “God has bigger and better plans for us” – yes indeed, Mary! Thank you so much for this lovely encouraging comment about my poetry writing. I have been in the throes of compiling an anthology of poetry to self-publish in the near future, but had to lay it aside for a season when other commitments arose that took up all my time and energy. It is still my deep desire to complete it, or maybe some of the other creative work lurking on files on my laptop! Your sweet encouragement here has helped remind me of that goal. Bless you, friend.

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