Last week, God amusingly gave me the perfect scripture to share with Joshua. For the last two summers, we have permitted Joshua to “grow his hair long” and be hair-cut-free for the entire summer. Then, just before the new school year begins, we take him for a hair cut.
My plan for this summer was to take Joshua for his hair cut on the day of our school’s Open House for “Meet The Teacher Night”, which is the end of next week. But his hair had really gotten long in the front and he could barely see. With football practice starting this week, I wanted to take him for his hair cut earlier than originally planned. Knowing this would be a disappointment for him and that my revised plan might meet with some resistance, I chatted with God one morning and asked Him to give Joshua an understanding and cooperative heart. Either way, the hair was getting cut. A cooperative heart would yield a peaceful day.
When he came downstairs, I excitedly shared the well-trimmed scripture with him with a big smile on my face and an intentional hint of light-hearted banter in my tone. He looked at me in amazement. “Moooooommmmmm, come on!” He couldn’t hold back the grin acknowledging the uncanny timeliness and appropriateness of the scripture. His heart steadily warmed up to the revised plan.
So yesterday, ten days earlier than originally planned, I took him to get well-trimmed. He was not thrilled at first as the woman cut it shorter than we both requested. His handsome blond hair was a little more “well-trimmed” than we both wanted, but he was consoled knowing that his hair will grow. And, in light of the big stuff of life, this is easy.