Raise your hand if, at some point during the COVID pandemic, you resorted to cutting your own hair. Or at least seriously thought about it.

2020 will certainly be a year for the record books. Here in northern CA, nearly everything had been shut down, including hair salons. At one point I finally reached desperation and braved the scissors to cut my own hair. Anything had to be better than what I had going.

Then the good news came that everyone had been waiting for. Salons are opening! Woohoo! But no sooner did I have an appointment scheduled that they announced salons would be shut down 48 hours later. I felt like the minions in the movie Despicable Me, “Whaaaaaat?”

The Time is Short

Thankfully, I was able to get in so that my hairdresser could fix the mess I had made. As I was sitting in the swivel leather chair surrounded by the newly installed panels on every side, something occurred to me. This short span of 48 hours had suddenly taken on great importance. Why? Because the window of time was closing fast.

And that’s when I remembered my journal where I wrote about another window of time that was closing fast.

Beloved, you are here on this speck of dust called earth, in this moment of time called today, with breath in your mouth and My Word in your heart to declare My glory in a lost, dying, and broken world. You did not arrive here by accident—neither at your conception nor in this very moment. You have been given but a few breaths in this brief realm called time. How will you use them?

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV)

Oh friend, none of us know how much time is left. And we’ve been given the greatest news there is! What would you do differently if you knew Jesus was coming back in 48 hours?

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Awaiting His Appearing,

Shadia is a passionate Bible teacher, author and speaker who has a heart for seeing lives transformed by the power of God’s Word. She holds a master’s in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary and is author of several books and Bible studies.

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