It's probably vanity that has me sitting here with Loreal atop my head before school begins.
Typing in rubber gloves is kind-of tricky, but multi-tasking seems to be one of my specialties anymore.
I caught a glimpse of myself in my rearview mirror the other night at Olivia's golf match and realized my gray roots were more than peeking through.
The sunlight hit the crown of my head in the most perfect way, and there was no hiding the massive amount of gray all through my hair.
That's what happens when light hits impurities.
Things show up that are not always pretty.
Not that gray hair isn't beautiful; but when gray mixes with brown hair the way it mixes with mine, it's kind-of scary.
There's nothing like a beautiful, sunny day to remind me of how badly my windows need a good cleaning as the rays pass through with no mercy, revealing bug spots and paper towel streaks from my last attempt at washing them.
There's nothing like lights in a usually darkened room to reveal the layer of dust sitting on a shelf.
The same thing happens when we run straight into the light of God's Word.
I remember the Bible pledge from my childhood,
"Thy Word is a lamp onto my feet, a light onto my path. Its Words will hide in my heart that I might not sin against thee."
But knowing this and even believing this still doesn't seem to change me totally.
I still have gray roots that are revealed unexpectedly when the light shines just right.
For example, last night I was frustrated with Tim about something very silly and my ugly showed just as he was reading my blog post from yesterday.
My roots didn't match match who I want to be.
Like my reflection in my rearview mirror mixed with bright sunlight, Tim's face and words reminded me that I was not being the person I really wanted to be.
Critical to helping me become fully the person I really, really want to be, YES!
In Jeremiah, the people did not want to listen to Jeremiah's words.
They even looked at him and said, "We can do whatever we want."
In the end, they found out that doing whatever you want leads to destruction.
My earthly self often wants to do whatever I want........
With my words, my actions..........
But God calls me daily to a higher road.
A road that sometimes takes great effort to reach.
When I get there, though, it feels so good.
I don't have to fear the rearview mirror because I know that whatever is coming out of me is from Him.
Whether it's gray or medium brown or dark brown, it's His when my roots are in Him.
Today, I want to be more than a "temporarily-colored" Christian.
I really do want to reflect Him from the time I get up until the time I go to bed.
I'm thankful for His mercy that covers my sins when they start peeking through.
And I'm thankful for His Light that never stops revealing the areas where I need improvement.
Being a Christian is more than a one-time decision.
It's a continual journey closer and closer to His Heart.
Today, I'm hoping that even if my roots start showing, they won't startle me by not matching who I'm trying to be.
Loreal and Jesus, thank you.
Jesus, thank you most of all.
The awe-filled respect of the Lord teaches us wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
Praying you'll have a day filled with pleasant reflections of His love.