In the above pictures, you will see my hair in its natural state. It’s extremely thick and hard to manage, but it’s the texture I was born with and I have been learning to appreciate it more over the years.
Embracing my natural hair texture, amongst other things about myself, is largely due to my blossoming relationship with Christ. The more I realize how much thought He put into creating me, the less I fantasize on how much better life would be if He made my body according to My own desires.
This train of thought brings to mind 2 scriptures that are commonly referenced throughout the church community, particularly towards young women.
The first is in psalms 139:14 where it says
“I will praise you. For I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are your works and that my soul knows very well.”
And the second is in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 which reads
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are Gods.”
As often as I have read those scriptures and even encouraged others based off of their meaning… I recently realized that I wasn’t living as if I fully believed them myself.
To claim that my soul knows how marvelous God’s works are, and then later on criticizing my skin complexion, my body shape, my cup size and so on– proved that my mind needed an intervention.
I needed to be reminded that upon receiving Christ into my heart and choosing to follow Him, this made my body the perfect place of residence for the Holy Spirit to live in. Jesus didn’t wait until my skin got clearer, or my height got taller, or my feet got prettier, to die on the cross for me. So what point does it make to obsess over these sorts of things when there is so much more to be accomplished for His kingdom?
The more you learn to focus and meditate on Him and His word, the sooner will He manifest His power concerning those private, personal, and perhaps even petty (lol) prayer requests.
The Lord knows what you need and is well aware of what you want, but desires to teach us to prioritize a relationship with Him above all things.
Matthew 6:33 assures us of this by saying:
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
This proves that when you put God first, He will guide you as far as what foods to eat so your body can shrink or grow the way you privately want it to. He’ll point you to the right soaps and lotions to clear or comfort your sensitive skin. He’ll provide the finances for you to be able to afford the dentist, hairstylist or manicurist that you need to be able to look like the daughter (or son) of The Most High King… any day, and every day… Not just Sunday.