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I Shaved My Head...

April 17, 2020 12:20 PM | Michael Dangelo (Administrator)

Mike BaldI don't want you to worry. It will grow back. I've done this before but long before I knew anyone from the Redeemer. At first, I thought it was just me. About a week ago I started having these thoughts of taking my old sheers out of the closet and putting them to work. Snip snip and all that.

After checking in with male friends on Facebook I could see I wasn't alone. One after another sensible if not imperfect home haircuts became flattops which became mohawks which became buzz cuts. It seems that one of the symptoms of cabin fever is doing to one's hair what one has always dreamed of doing. And it wasn't just my male friends. My female friends are trying crazy hair colors and new do's all across Facebook. Maybe we are all looking for a little something we can control in a time when everything is out of our control? Look no further than what we see in the mirror every morning for the particular canvas of choice!

And there it is...the world is out of our control. We all sit in the not-so-splendid isolation of home school tech support, empty wine boxes (yeah we are down to the boxes now) and the limitless ignorance of "when will this craziness ever end?" If we needed the lesson before, we sure have received it in abundance: the world is not ours to control. We are at the whim of forces that are far greater than us and microscopically smaller. And here we are...stuck looking at the same selves but now with shorter hair, and maybe we are all just a little afraid.

And so I am reminded of the twelfth chapter of the Gospel of Luke:

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.  (Luke 12:6&7)

Fear is a natural thing. But, for the Christian, the love of God can be deeper than any fear. Jesus himself reassures us of God's love and care for us in our Luke passage. God's sovereign grace is greater than quarantines, tiny viruses and even international economies. We are of exceeding value to God. And, even if we shave off all the hairs on our heads, God still knows how many we have. Thanks be to God!


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