The Sands of Time
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Things change…it’s just a fact! Sometimes it’s a delightful fact, like when the time changes and I get to sleep an extra hour or when the timer dings and the squishy dough has changed into delicious homemade cinnamon rolls. Other times changes aren’t so whippy, like when the sands of time shift, and the only perky thing left is my smile or when my biceps droop south and become a waving flag every time I raise my arm. I thought not having to shave my legs was awesome until I realized those little hairs were sprouting out my chin instead. Oh, and one more; I thought calling myself the most “mature” teacher in the building instead of the “oldest” was great until three kids in one week called me grandma. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m looking at things all wrong; change is gonna happen and I can either roll with it or let it roll right over me!
I’ve decided to roll with it! After all, the things time does to a person are really kinda funny and sometimes I think it’s God’s great way of making sure I get plenty of humility practice. You might wonder what precipitated this “pondering”. It all started when I was standing on a step-stool in the classroom fixing one of the curtains and a sweet middle lovely walked into the room and with shock, asked if it was really a safe idea for me to be climbing on things. I would have given anything to have had the courage to jump right off the third step and shock his socks off but right before I attempted it, I had a vision of me landing wrong and breaking something or putting out an eye and requiring a call to 911 leaving the poor child scarred for life so I just winked and thanked him for his concern and promptly put him on the steps-stool to be the hero and save the classroom from a drooping curtain disaster. That afternoon as I riffled through the piles on my desk looking for that one piece of paper I put in a safe place, I realized time changes lots of things and along with the things that are different, so many things are made better by change; if we have the courage to see them.
I realize I’m really not THAT old but when I’m surrounded by co-workers half my age, it can feel like it. I had a visit not so long ago with my 96 year old Great Aunt Patricia and realized that change and age are part of life. Aunt Patricia has an absolutely infectious laugh, a keen knowledge of the world around her, a savvy awareness of college sports and the Kansas City Cheifs plus enough spunk for a dozen people. As we chatted she made me realize that life isn’t always what you think you signed up for but it’s never more than you can handle. It’s funny, but I didn’t notice gray hair, wrinkles or arm flags. I noticed an amazing woman, who to this day, raises a disabled daughter, cleans her house and goes to Mass often. I don’t see age, I see a wonderful lady who has rolled right along with the changes life has tossed in her lap. If my 90’s can look that funny and spunky and wise; bring it on…I got a true glimpse of my gene pool and I was excited!
A Seed To Plant: What changes are you struggling with right now? Take them to prayer and ask for the patience, wisdom and courage to face them and move through them gracefully.
Blessings on your day!
10/13/2021 06:01:17 am
Loved this. Made me think of my deceased mother with a smile and s tear! I think about change often too as now I'm 62. Mostly I like to think about how precious love is as my husband and I love and cherish each moment now more than when we were young and raising 6 kids. Time is precious and so is life. Thanks.
10/13/2021 08:30:58 am
This is awesome Sheri! Thanks for starting my day with a smile, a bit of laughter and the encouragement we all need as we attempt to carry our crosses rather than drag them through this beautiful life. God bless you.
10/13/2021 11:48:22 am
I relate to sooo many of your comments. Thanks for putting a smile on my face.
10/14/2021 03:57:38 pm
Oh Sheri this was such a delightful read; thank you so much for your sense of humor, I am in my mid 70's. I don't feel old; I frankly don't think I look old. But I notice other people saying 'honey' to me, when they want to offer help. I guess I look older to them. I thought my grandparents looked old when they were in their 50's. I am grateful for the gift of life. You bring such JOY to my soul,
10/14/2021 04:55:58 pm
Sheri. You always hit home. Today at PT I had to raise my arms while looking in the mirror. Yikes I’m 83 years young so the are really bad. But after reading this morning I had to laugh(so I wouldn’t cry).
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