Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:19 ESV)
When I was a young woman in my twenties, I dated a man who told me that my forehead was shaped like Frankenstein’s. I don’t recall why this was brought up the first time, but I know that it hurt my heart. You wouldn’t know it though; I laughed it off. As time went on, whenever the wind would blow my bangs or I would swim and my hair would be slicked back, he would take opportunity to laugh and make comments about buying me some stick on bolts to really capture the look.
Last fall my brother told me to change my hair style and show my forehead. Say what?! Hubby and others concurred.
This week I turned fifty.
They say when some people hit the magic half a century, they have been known to do extreme things like jump out of a plane or bungee jump.
I didn’t head for the airport or a bridge . . . I went to a salon.
Not just any hairdresser, but a brand new, total stranger. As she washed my hair, I closed my eyes and asked her if she thought I had a Frankenstein forehead or if indeed, after twenty-five years, I could ‘pull off’ wearing my hair off my face. The girl was horrified at my question but caught on quickly. As I sat up, she aggressively towel dried my hair, and told me that I was going to go forth in all my beautiful forehead glory, tossing my bang-less-hair, and shaking out the lie that had followed me for over half my life.
Laugh as you may, this was – for me – a huge insecurity and was as scary as jumping out of a plane. It was.
What scary lie are you wearing today? Aren’t you tired of it? Doesn’t it tick you off that it has been defining or limiting you? Don’t you want to be free of it once and for all?
Don’t wait until you hit the bold, crazy fifties . . . shake off the lies now and let the Lord make you new. And if you are already a member of the fifties club, it’s never too late to get free.
Father, we thank You for promising to make all things new. Help us to stop allowing the past to define or limit us in the freedom and identity we have in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!