Laugh if you want. Maybe you can remember a haircut that went horribly wrong from the moment you sat down at the hairdressers.
The worst part was, the name was a ‘permanent’. When the rollers came out and I put my glasses on to look in the mirror, I was horrified that it very well could be permanent.
The hairdresser reassured me that the curls would relax in a few days. If they didn’t I was headed right for Broadway as a brunette stand in for “Annie.”
For the first two days while I waited to wash my hair, I prayed more than most kids do in their entire life. God was merciful.
On the third day I woke up and washed my hair. And would you know it, those curls came right out. Not a hint in sight. My hair was the same board straight it was before I laid down all that money and time.
Those three days I was sure that I was the ugliest girl in the world. It seemed so overwhelmingly devastating, I was ready to move to Zimbabwe…What? It sounds more interesting than Australia.
In all of the drama my parents never thought for one moment of disowning me. They didn’t think I was ugly, because I was their child. No matter what, they loved me.
Sometimes as individuals we feel ugly. Broken and scarred from the journeys of this life. We’ve somehow taught ourselves that the process of being beautiful from the inside out is our responsibility.
God accepted us in our worst possible condition and was so excited to call us child. You see, from the very beginning He planned to be the One who created His kind of beauty in us. It doesn’t have to happen this moment, or tomorrow. It happens in His perfect timing.
Ecclesiastes 3: 11 (ASV)
He hath made everything beautiful in its time:
also he hath set eternity in their heart,
yet so that man cannot find out the work that God hath done
from the beginning even to the end.
Let God be the One who takes your imperfections and makes them beautiful in His timing. It isn’t for us to do, but Him.
A song that encourages me is The Sidewalk Prophets The Words I would Say: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bItzgw7OAU
When you have feel like you won’t measure up, what verses do you have that encourage you?