Put the Scissors Down
I think it began with a Barbie Styling Head.
It was a dream gift, but eventually combing and styling became a bore. I began to snip. I was Vidal Sasson; I was a hairdressing diva. My cosmetology career began and ended at 6.
At 40, growing my bangs out sounded like a wonderful idea. It sounded easy. My hairdresser recently said it was time for a change and long bangs were "hip."
She had me at "hip."
It sounded like a simple plan. All I had to do was wait. It was easy; easy until about 6 weeks into it. Easy until the day I woke up and could no longer take it. With scissors in hand, I became my own "Barbie Styling Head."
I know better. I've been down this road many, many times before. We all know how this ends.
So, I snipped away. Took control of it. The results as you can imagine were not the results I desired. Walking in wearing a baseball cap, I knew that sooner rather than later I was going to have to "fess up" and tell my hairdresser.
"Ms. Kay, I trimmed my own bangs."
"I can tell," she replied, with a sheepish smile on her face.
"Why didn't you just let me do it?" she inquired, snickering.
"I just thought...." It was no use. I just thought what? I'd help her out? No, I should have let her do it in the first place.
How often do I do the same with God?
I try and take control of a situation in my life, you know, "help Him out." I snip, snip, snip at a situation in my life. A situation that clearly does not need my intervention, but rather my surrendering control to the Lord. Just as Ms. Kay shook her head, I imagine that the Lord shakes His head at me, and speaks the same words to me that He spoke to Peter.
"What little faith you have! Why did you doubt?" (Matthew 14: 31)
I need to leave my hair style to the experts and I need to leave His will in my life to Him. He clearly does not need me taking scissors to my own life, "snipping here and there." The ending is always the same. I come back to the one that I should have gone to in the first place. He needs my submission to His will. He needs me to put down the scissors and have a little faith. You know, actually living the words, "thy will be done."
I'm still learning.
I've hidden the scissors...really well this time.
Join Lori daily at her personal website,all you have to give, where she resolves this year to NOT pick up the scissors.