Gracie Jo's hair was getting long and tangly. She doesn't like having
it tied back, so at the end of the day we were dealing with lots of
knots and snarls.
Voila!! Hair that's ready for some summertime fun!
(I know it looks kinda uneven in the picture, but it's not. Now
that it's short, we're seeing the return of her curls again!)
Our home church has been reading through the gospel of Matthew, and
while I was cutting Gracie's hair, I couldn't help but think of Jesus'
teaching in chapter 5, "So if your eye - even your good eye - causes
you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose
one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
And if your hand - even your stronger hand- causes you to sin,
cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your
body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell." (vs.29,30)
Gracie Jo's hair had gotten to the point where every day was a stuggle to
work through the mass of knots and tangles. She loved her 'beautiful, long
hair' but she did not love it when I would have to comb out all the knots
every morning and night. At firstshe was a bit hesitant to cut of her long
locks, but after talking about how much cooler it would be this summer
and how there would be no more big rat's nests to untangle every night,
she decided she would like to have it cut.
Now, obviously, long hair is not sinful. It just struck me as I was cutting
away all the dead ends how God wants us to cut those things out of
our lives that are causing us to sin, bringing daily struggle and
heartache into our lives. Not only do those things hurt us,
but they hurt our Father too. He longs for us to live a life of freedom
from the sin that is weighing us down. Cutting out the 'dead ends'
in our life may be painful (just as Gracie Jo was initially reluctant
to sacrifice the 'beauty' of her long hair), but when we experience the
joy and delight of living in obedience to Christ, not only will we find
new freedom but we will experience the blessings that come from
walking in His way.
Now, as I watch Gracie Jo shake her new short mane around her
shoulders and watch it blow around in the wind without getting all
caught up in her face, I'm reminded of the freedom and delight
that God desires for each of us as His dearly loved children.
"So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free,
and don't get tied up again..."
(Galatians 5:1, NLT)