Earth whirls, and time swirls with celestial bodies in forever-motion. And I treat another day like it’s a race toward what? The mortal finish?
I measure the day’s worth in how many checkmarks I etch in inked boxes, how many lines I cross through to-dos, and the amount of square-footage of countertop I see, freed from the weight of paper.
Time is a sacred thing. Yet I treat it like a fast-food meal in a sack — consumed ravenously, with one hand on the steering hand.
I want to treat time with divine hands. Like every moment holds something sacred. I want to live life in kairos.
I wonder if this is how Louphine handles time — like a kairos thing to be treated delicately with just … one … hand.
Louphine in Haiti sewed a simple coin purse with lime-green stitches. For me.
Two hours, she sewed, with just one hand.
My friend, Ruth, watched and worked alongside Louphine as she stitched. Ruth bought the purse and brought it home for me, a mama who treats time like a sprint.
I carry this stitched time capsule with me. I run my fingers along its edges and think about time. Think about Louphine in Haiti.
Tectonic plates moved, and earth split right open, and the brick building fell on her.
“I lost one arm and one leg, and that was very difficult for me. I was depressed for a long time, unsure of what I could do after that,” Louphine says. “… I have learned to sew with one hand and can make purses, necklaces, and head bands. I pray that God makes this business successful so I will always have work.”
She uses a rock-filled water bottle to hold her work in place, while she stitches with her one hand.
Her work is worship, an offering held steady rocks and water. And I want to do that: To trust that my work can happen in kairos, held steady with the Water and the one sure Rock.
Celestial spheres won’t stop, but Louphine takes her time.
I lift the purse to my cheek, caressing a holy thing.
Louphine makes purses through a business called 3 Cords, on the Mission of Hope in Haiti. The women are looking for donated material. You can find out more at their website.
Richard Stearns, World Vision president and author of The Hole in Our Gospel, met Louphine recently and wrote about her here.
You can also read more about Louphine, the artist, here.
Submitted today as part of Ann Voskamp’s Walk With Him Wednesday series. Today, I walk with Him — WALK — not run.