Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Luke 12:7 ESV)
When my baby Mia was a toddler, her locks were more like fluff or feathers than actual hair follicles. There were no barrettes or fasteners that could secure the messy mop. One day, running blindly into the kitchen, she went headfirst, full-speed into the kitchen table leg. The goose egg and bruise on her forehead lasted over a week. So, once the swelling went down and just before her second birthday, we cut her crazy hair . . . into the only functional style we could manage . . . a mullet.
She was adorable and I could finally see her expressive blue eyes! And better yet, she could see where she was going!
Alas, fifteen years later, my sweet kid doesn’t appreciate the seventies cut proudly displayed in a collage that spells out the word, ‘Memories’. (Her silly grin and hairdo proudly inhabits the letter ‘I’.) It makes me smile whenever my eyes fall on it.
She grimaces and whines, asking how I could ever have given her such an unflattering cut. I’ve learned over the years that there are no answers that will appease her frustration. It was a necessary evil. One day, when she’s a mother herself, she will learn of the importance of keeping hair out of ice cream, spaghetti and most importantly, eyes.
After all, what loving parent doesn’t want their children to see clearly?
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, (Matthew 6:22 ESV)
The Lord wants us to keep our eyes clear too. He knows the dangers that lurk when we allow things to obstruct our vision or to block out the Light. We need to trim back anything that is affecting our walk – even if it means that we are deemed ‘uncool’ or makes us stand out . . . or appear . . . different.
Father, we thank You that You love us and that we are the apple of Your eye! Forgive us for caring so much about fitting into society that we often walk around blind. Help us to willingly cut back anything that hinders our view of You. Amen!