The Hands of Time are Not Ours

 

As I enjoyed my recent hair appointment, my hairdresser Abby inspired me (per the usual) with what she had to say about how silly people are sometimes.

Abby is expecting her first child in March.
(She is going to be an amazing mom!)

Anyway…

Abby shared with me that many have expressed distress at her nonchalant manner for addressing when the baby comes and how she is going to handle the demands of her hair clients. She has already made plans to stop taking appointments around her due date and has set an ideal timeline for her return. She has not allowed herself to stress too much if the baby comes early or is a little late. Abby knows that babies come when they are ready and her hope is to be as ready as she can be without letting the trims, perms, and highlights of her customers put a damper on the delivery.

“God has a way of reminding us it’s not in our hands. It’s all in His timing,” Abby told me, “He has sent me that reminder many times.”

Her words rang true to me and reverberated with the wisdom of Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
He has also set eternity in the human heart;
yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

These words are embossed on the cover of the journal I used to document my experiences as hubby and I embarked on our journey through fertility treatments, loss, and my unexpected and completely natural pregnancies that resulted in the three crazy kiddos we have today. God really does have beautiful timing.

wp-1548083031236.jpgI admire Abby for her understanding that we can’t control when, where, or why many things happen, but we can control how we spend our time as life happens around us. We can choose to manage the time we have wisely and with purpose. Our time is a gift and we should use it as such. It’s even a good idea to reserve some of our time for rest, relaxation, and calm. Not every moment is meant for running around like a chicken with its head cut off (I still have to work on this last one.)

The hands of time are not ours. Our hands are made for serving, loving, and doing what is good and right. Whether it be styling hair, grading papers, feeding cattle, processing numbers, or playing sports, we should use our hands and time with positive purpose and make the most out of the opportunities we are provided.

By: Melanie A. Peters

P.S. If you feel like you need a laugh, remember that you can always tell God your plans and He’ll have a chuckle with you.

P.P.S. I may be a silly person but I would NEVER harass Abby about her schedule. I need my “Abby time.”

 

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