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Every Single Strand

I really like having long hair. It took me a while to convince myself that I deserved it though. It sounds silly, I know, but I had this weird notion that I wasn’t pretty enough to have long hair.

But over the last few years, I’ve repeatedly told that lie to shut up.

Beyond the fact that you don’t have to earn a hair style, the Lord has shown me that I’m a lot more beautiful than I give myself credit for.

However, that’s not why I’m talking about long hair.

For all of its benefits—diverse hair-dos and princess-feels—there is one major downside:

I find my hair everywhere.

Sure, technically everyone loses stray strands of hair; short ones may go away unnoticed, but there's nothing unnoticeable about 16-inch locks.

So yeah, I find random hairs all over the house… and me. Seriously, my hair gets interwoven in the fabric of my shirts; I guess I have my washing machine to thank for that.

It can get on my nerves, honestly.

But God reminded me of this verse today:

“Not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Luke 12:6-7).

I love this image… probably because I have a lot of hair. And God knows every single strand.

When I lose one of them, I bet God says, Oh yeah, there goes number 5,287.

He knows, and He cares.

And friends, if the Maker of the universe cares about every single hair on our heads, on all seven billion of our heads, imagine how much He cares about our troubles, our triumphs, our passions and fears.

We may not always believe it, but God is near and He is always listening.

There's a word in Hebrew called פקד, pronounced “pakad".

Pakad has a multitude of meanings, but I’ll give you a few:

To visit, to attend to, to observe, to number, to remember, and to seek.

This is what God’s doing with our hair, and of course, with us.

The Lord is numbering our hairs and observing our actions. But He does more than just notice; He works.

God visits us in a stunning sunrise, or in a friendly smile. He attends to us through the care of His Spirit within us.

He never forgets us and always seeks us. He pursues us every day of our lives, never giving up on us or withdrawing His love.

Each beautiful hair is priceless to Him; He calls us handsome and beautiful, friends—treasured children of the King.


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