I recently became our resident beautician. It is part of my daily routine to straighten my daughter’s hair. I don’t remember applying for this job or interviewing for it, but somehow, it was given to me. I guess straight hair to a 12 year old is right up there with winning tickets to a Jonas Brothers concert. So, in order to remain “cool” in my daughter’s eyes, I get up every morning, plug in the straightener and hang my “open for business” sign on the bathroom door.
I have now held this job for about 6 months and have learned, just like with any job a way to improve on my technique. I used to spend more time straightening because it would take forever to get through her thick hair to straighten all the layers. I have started taking the top layer of her golden locks and put it up in a clip while I straighten the layer underneath. Once I get the bottom layer straight, things seem to work faster and her hair overall looks so much better.
As I straightened her hair this morning, I began thinking: we are like the hair in the straightening process. If we take care of the part of ourselves that isn’t visible, the heart, and get it straightened out first, then everything else just seems to fall into place. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’” God is looking at the condition of our hearts. He is constantly looking for those who are His who will partner with Him in His work. In fact, in 2 Chronicles 16:9 it says, “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.
Why not take a little time today and see if your heart needs straightening out a little. I am certain if you look to the Father, you’ll see the sign of His beauty shop is reading “Open for business.” It is His desire to have a relationship with you.