Sunday, March 20, 2016

Epiphany in the Ladies Room

The Epiphany

I typically spend at least an hour in the ladies room after each shower.  Shave my legs, dry my hair, lotion from head to toe, brush my teeth and then the really arduous task.....doing my hair.  My arms ache, I get short of breath and I'm rarely really pleased with the results.  It's either too curly (hot rollers) or unruly and frizzy (natural) or it looks burned and I am burned all over my head, around my face and my hands (more specifically fingers---curling iron).

My niece, for years, had said "Aunt Di, get a straightening iron".  Well, I didn't really understand how they worked and was scared of them.  So, I procrastinated.  I came up with every excuse under the sun.  Then, the inevitable trusty curling iron fried!

I was so troubled, what in the name of goodness was I going to do?  Those hot rollers just made my hair balloon all over my head!  Natural left me with frizzies that were uncontrollable.  Blow drying straight was just too straight.

So, I started to look at irons.  They can get extremely expensive, $100 or more.  Frankly, I just cannot afford that and wouldn't give it even if I could.  I was afraid of the cheap ones.  So, I settled on one of the moderate priced ones and decided to take the plunge.

It lay on my bathroom vanity for a few days just waiting to be opened.  Finally, I decided it was time to take the plunge.  I opened the package, read the directions for use and decided I would give it a try.  My hair was a couple days past my last shampoo so would have some natural oils built up for defense.  So, I took the leap.

What in the name of all that is reasonable was I waiting for?!  Now, the picture above was taken as I was driving to town on that afternoon.  Clean hair would have yielded better results, and it was my first try, but 10 minutes in front of the mirror yielded that hair!  I am converted!  I am a believer!  Katie, you were right!  It was exceedingly simple, not one burn and 10 MINUTES, 10 MINUTES to do my hair!  I could be a few years younger if I hadn't wasted all that time in front of the bathroom mirror doing my hair!

Aren't we sad beings?  God gives us good minds and offers His help with our daily struggles, yet we often leave Him out of our daily decision-making processes.  When will we learn to do it the easy way, God's way?  Why are we so stubborn?  God must get so disgusted with us and our pride!

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
 ~~~Proverbs 16:18  NIV


"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.
~~~Isaiah 55:8  NIV 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
~~~Proverbs 3: 5-6  NIV

The hair thing was a sort of silly excursion on my part, but my point is most serious.  We are so helpless with the Lord, yet with Him we have access to the wisdom of the ages and the solutions to every problem.  His ways are not always understood, but they are always in our best interests.  If only we could remember that one very simple principle............