I have been growing my hair out for a LONG time. And during my pregnancy with Naomi my locks were glorious–healthy, full and shiny. Fast forward a couple months after her birth and I am losing it by the handful and it has turned dull and limp. So this week I cut off about three inches. And let me tell you, it was painful! But for new healthy hair to grow (my stylist assures me) I needed a good cut. And isn’t that how growth is? We must endure uncomfortable and often painful situations to grow. A baby growing new teeth brings sleepless nights and sore gums. A child learning a new skill brings hours of practice and sometimes tough mistakes before mastery. We suffer the death of a loved one and grow emotionally and spiritually in ways otherwise impossible. Wildfires and flooding both promote fertile, sustainable soil. Now in no way can my hair ordeal compare to a natural disaster or the passing of someone dear, but I challenge you to accept every life experience as a gift and an opportunity for growth–we will be amazed by who we become.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4 NIV)