I went to get my hair done a few days ago. I wanted to get a style called a bantu knot twist out. I have a lot of hair follicles as my sister friend Savitri says. I ended up sitting under the dryer for over two hours, all to end with my hair still not being dry at the root. I was battling a sinus headache and so I opted to leave with a semi-dry head escaping the heat that was not helping the status of my pain. I traveled to the nail shop for a manicure. All of my nails with the exception of one dried quickly. The incident left the technician a bit baffled as well. After repairing the issue, I left attempting to determine what message God was sending to me regarding drying. In both instances, the process of drying takes time, often which I am opposed to. Nevertheless, nothing is done until God says, and occasionally it feels as though God is out to lunch or either He intentionally makes sure that you are sitting underneath the dryer that fails to work properly, or the LED light that the technician plugs and unplugs several times in order to spark power.
I knew in advance that the hairstyle I desired was going to take “forever and a day.” However, I wanted it, so I was willing to pay the price, that is until it appeared that the length of time for my desired outcome was intangible. Thankfully, God’s promises are not time limited. In the case of the children of Israel, the process of escape required trust in God regardless of the imminent danger looming behind them. Everything around them signaled that God was on holiday, but in fact, it is in those times that we must inherently trust that He still has our best interests at heart and is working on our behalf. They were miraculously able to cross over on dry land. It was the trust the spurred them when everything around them did not make any realist sense. The criticality is for us to not miss God as He creates alignment with our reality and His divinity. This is perhaps a hard pill to swallow. Isaiah 55:8-9 reads, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Praise Jesus! I shutter to consider God thinking like me. My thinking is riddled with years of being a latch key kid watching television and conjuring up an imagination that can be downright scary. But God’s thoughts of us are beautifully knitted in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” God knows the ending of a thing, because it is under His orchestration. Our responsibility is to trust Him in the process and resist the temptation to maneuver the situation dry when dripping is still evident.
Whatever is not yet dry, may we be empowered to give it to God. Since we serve a God who allows free will, it is up to us to either assume and sit through the process or get up and depart with an unfinished experience. If we trust Him, we are promised to get to the other side.