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In third grade I got my first pair of glasses. Since that day, we’ve had a beautiful, thriving relationship. In fact, every time I go back to the eye doctor I’m told that we’re ready to take our relationship to next level. (Ooh!)
Although I joke around, I honestly do have just terrible vision. If I don’t have my glasses on, anything farther than three inches away is blurry, with increasing blurriness as the distance increases. As any reasonable gal with this impediment, I almost never take off my glasses, but sometimes I simply can’t keep them on. Thing include, but are not limited to: swimming, fast rollercoasters, and most terrifying of all, haircuts.
As if haircuts couldn’t get more stressful, there is no chance I could even stop the hairdresser if she was about to do something horribly wrong. In order to commit to a stylist, I have to practically trust her with my life. With all that extra pressure, it’s only by the grace of God I’ve found a stylist who is willing to take me in. I’m glad to say that even with changing my hair by chopping eight inches off, adding bangs, or changing color, she’s always given me exactly the look I want. With her record backing her up, I’ve couldn’t doubt her ability to do so either.
The last time I went in for a trim we started talking about how long I’ve been bringing business to her. It really struck me how much faith I put in this lady.
For the first time, as I sat with wet hair in the styling chair of the small salon, a thought came across my mind: “Why don’t I trust God sometimes like I do her?”
Truth be told, I hadn’t really considered what trusting God looks like. It seems like we hear about trusting God all the time. It’s plastered as a given in sermons, books, and verses, but when the weight of the world is pressing in, complete and total assurance in Christ seems nonexistent. The scoffers become too loud, the bills seem too much, the decisions to big… and we lose sight of what even means to ‘trust God’.
When we strip it down, what does this fairytale “trust in God” that we all talk about look like?
You see, when I think of my hairdresser, I find solid, identifiable characteristics in her. From a physical standpoint, she’s fashionable, beautiful, and always dressed up to the nines when I come in for appointments. Looking at her personality wise, she is incredibly sweet, bubbly, and a great listener. Because of these things that I identify with and admire in her, it really isn’t a stressful experience for me anymore. I can take off my glasses and let her chop away at my treasured tresses without even thinking twice.
Similarly to the way I can identify characteristics in her, when we think of God, we can also identify characteristics in Him based on what He’s written down for us.
- He is strong. (Isaiah 26:4)
- He is powerful. (Jeremiah 10:12)
- He is wise. (1 Corinthians 1:25)
- He is good. (Mark 10:18)
- He is faithful. (Psalm 86:15)
- He loves us. (1 John 3:16)
Although these are just some characteristics of many, they resonate beautifully. When we pause our worrying to be washed in the reality of who Christ is, our worrying seems unnecessary. He is perfect in every way that we simply can’t be. When that’s realized, trust is the only viable response.
Similarly to my blindness at the salon, we can’t see what God’s doing in our lives and in this world. We don’t know what the outcomes of elections, career choices, or relationships will be. The funny part about this is that we don’t really need to know. All we know about the future is who He is and what He’s done already. We can rest in trusting that what He’s doing now is even more stunning.
About the Author: Holly Gaskill
Holly Gaskill has two great passions in life: Jesus Christ and writing. As a high school junior of a small Indiana town, writing devotionals is her way of combining both and furthering His Kingdom. In her free time, Holly also loves to bond with her buds, get sucked into a good book, and jam to her favorite tunes. In the future, she hopes to go to college to major in professional writing and continue writing for Christ.
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