The other night I did something I almost never do- I curled my hair using hot rollers. I rarely use them, and there’s a few reasons why. 1: They’re a pain in the neck to put in. They’re either too tight or too lose, and don’t even get me started on those little metal things that come with most sets that are meant to secure the rollers. Horrible! 2: They’re super time consuming, at least for me. I could have those things in for a good hour and a half, and my hair still won’t have that bouncy, effortless effect that I want. 3: They’re unpredictable. When you put hot rollers in your hair, you never know what it’s going to end up looking like. You could be left with a head of hair that Khloe Kardashian herself would be jealous of. Or, you end up with a hot mess of straight pieces mixed with curly ones, mixed with kinky ones, mixed with frizzy ones… You get the idea.
When I took those hot rollers out that night, I was left with the latter. My hair was a total disaster. Frantically, I pulled out every weapon I had- a curling iron, a straightener, a de-tangling brush, a blowtorch… okay maybe I didn’t use that, but I was certainly tempted. I took those pieces that refused to curl and went to work, wrapping them around my scalding hot iron. This is more like it, I thought to myself. I finally have control over how my hair looks. I got to determine which pieces were curlier than others, which stuck out more, and I could make sure those ugly pieces no longer looked ugly. As I tackled my mane, I realized something: this is kind of how life is. Deep down inside, there’s a control freak within us all, even if we don’t want to admit it. We all want to have a curling iron to control each and every aspect of life. No one wants life to be a set of rollers where you never know what you’re going to get.
But that’s how life is. It’s just like a set of hot rollers. It’s also like a box of chocolates; shout out to Forrest Gump, LOL! We never know what each day is going to bring. Some will be beautiful and others will be straight up nasty and ugly. We aren’t given the luxury of controlling everything that happens to us. The only One who knows how our lives will unfold; what our hair will look like when we take all of those rollers out, is God. Maybe you’re going through an ugly time in your life. Maybe things just aren’t working out the way you want. I know sometimes I think about my future and I feel downright terrified. There are things in my life that aren’t going the way I want them to go. So many things are up in the air and I fear that as soon as those rollers come out, they’re going to reveal something scary and in desperate need of repair.
I can choose to think that, or I can be a little more hopeful by praying and working as hard as I can. There are so many things that are out of my control that I can’t just twist and contort to make into something I want, and that’s okay. That’s most likely how it is for you too. This is the time where we need to really see the word “faith” as more than just a word and really put it into practice. Things may not always go the way we want. We may need to go back in with a curling iron and do some touch ups, and in the end, we’ll be left with something that may not be what we expected, but it’ll be just fine… maybe even better than we imagined.
Do you often feel helpless with aspects of your life that are out of your control? What do you do to get back on track?