From The Archives: The Lesson in the Hair Do
Some years back I got my hair done. It was a popular hair style at the time, the hair was pulled very tightly with wool and ended up looking like neat dreads. It was beautifully made and up until date I still say it is the best hair – do I’ve ever had. Thank goodness I got a picture!
But before I enjoyed the hair style ( I must have kept it on for at least 3 weeks or more), I suffered intense pain, the hair was pulled very tightly and on the first and second night I couldn’t sleep at all. I had a constant headache, my head throbbed and by day 3 I actually had swollen glands at the back of my neck. I was ill simply because of a hair style. On day 4 I decided it was time to loosen the hair, after all , I had a fever, I couldn’t go to work and the pain wasn’t getting any better. I stood in front of the mirror and whilst I starred at my reflection I realised I had paid my hard earned money to the hair dresser, I had sat on her hard stool for at least 4 or 5 hours and I had endured 4 days of agony. The scissors and comb I held in my hands fell to the floor. I was going to see this to the end, my money, time and pain was not going to be wasted.
I got through the initial week and the tightness disappeared. As the tightness relaxed people kept on commenting how beautiful and unique the hair style was, I felt and looked really good. My perseverance had paid off.
Ever so often we want to give up or give in quickly due to discomfort. So easily we throw the towel in and all our hard work and effort is wasted because we either could not endure until the end or persevere. Many of us do not know how strong we actually are.
Job said, ‘All the days of my hard service I will wait, Till my change comes’. ( Job14 vs 14b). 1 Peter 5 vs 10 says, ‘But may the God of grace who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you’.
Things will surely get better if we can hang on in there just a little bit longer.