After encountering an extremely hard season in life I became very depressed and run- down as a result of trying to do too much too quickly.
As a result of this, I felt too tired a few nights in a row to brush my hair.
Hey burnout is real ya know!!
Anyway this inevitably led to getting a massive knot at the back of my head, it felt like my lovely long locks had been locked inside a birdcage!
I tried to get the knot out with several different brushes none of them did the job.
So I washed my hair with a detangling shampoo.
Again the knot just wouldn't budge.
Finally I gave up and asked my house-mate to help me get this knot out, which was done with great pain for me. I realized as my poor house mate was tugging at my hair to get this knot out for me, that God was actually teaching me a few things through this.
Firstly and most obviously, the importance of rest.
We can't be productive all the time. We all need to learn to respect the gage that is inbuilt to all of us.
Also, how we can't let Saten have even the tiniest foot-hold in our lives.
Like the knot he will grow a big mess in our lives and it will hurt to navigate the traps we get entangled in.
Finally, I learned to not try to do everything myself.
I had to get help to remove the knot, and sometimes the bad habits in our lives can be like knots that are tough to break through. Here we need to rely on the people God puts in our lives to help us get through and also throw ourselves on Jesus and work with him to move forward.
This in essence is what Joy is.
We put Jesus first, then we have the energy to meet our commitments for others. Then if we want to be healthy, we should take care of ourselves.
Self-care is really important. Before we made the move to exchange our very successful business blog for this ministry, we had a term we used for this that I would like to bring over here.
We call this simple temple living. (Based on 1 Corinthians 6, to be explained more in a later post.)
If I had put Jesus first in my hair, I would have brushed my hair as to the Lord and then I wouldn't have needed to ask my house mate to help me. Taking them away from the task they were doing. My house mate works from home and I actually took them away from their work for almost 3 hours to help me. It is good that I have the kind of friends that are there when needed, but like I said this didn't have to happen this way.
None of us exist in a vacuum
What we do impacts the people and world around us, even something as small as remembering to brush our hair.
It may be a small thing but if we are faithful in the little things, it brings big results in the long run.
This will be the theme of the next post,
but for now,
Stay Awesome Blossom!