“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31 NIV)
“Come on Hanna, Jeff is waiting. We’ll miss our ride.” Sam was tired of bugging her to get done.
“Just a little bit more spray and I’ll be ready. I’m not going out in public with my hair a mess.” Hanna pulled and tugged as she froze a tuft of hair in place.
The girls got into Jeff’s car and he took off in a hurry. “What was the holdup?”
“Oh just miss prissy and her ‘not-a-hair-out-of-place’ obsession.” Sam was totally disgusted.
Hanna defended herself. “Look, I have a standard to uphold and Lisa Tillerman will not beat me out of homecoming queen this year. All she does is worry about her perfect hair and her perfect body and her perfect wardrobe. Must be nice.”
Everyone met at the mall and car-pooled to Barb’s house for her birthday party. After a while, Hanna and Sam noticed that Lisa wasn’t there.
“Where’s Lisa?” Hanna asked Barb. “It’s not like Lisa to miss a chance for a public appearance.”
Later that night when Hanna got home, her mom was waiting up to talk to her. They sat in the kitchen and Hanna listened to the news. It just didn’t seem real. Her mom told her that Lisa had collapsed earlier in the day and been taken to the hospital. The doctors discovered that she had Leukemia.
After weeks of treatment, Hanna went to visit Lisa. Jeff arrived to pick her up and she was on time for once. When Hanna walked in the room, Lisa let out a cry and turned her head away. A turban was wrapped around her head. She had lost all her beautifully kept hair.
Hanna’s first instinct was to run out of the room, but with tears running down her cheeks, she leaned over and grabbed Lisa. The two hugged and cried. Hanna looked at Lisa and wiped her tears. “You’re still beautiful Lis’. And you know, Kelly shared a scripture from 1 Samuel 16:7 at youth group last week, ‘The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’ (NIV) I can’t think of anyone with a more beautiful heart and as much courage as you.”
Hanna placed a flower in Lisa’s turban. “Besides, God won’t have to worry about knowing every hair on your head for a while so He’ll be able to concentrate on getting you well!” Lisa smiled through her tears.
As they left the hospital, Hanna turned to Jeff. “I don’t feel like running for homecoming queen anymore. The real beauty is Lisa and I don’t think I could compete.”
When you just can’t seem to get it right, look at each strand of hair and remember that the Lord has numbered every one. Then try to figure where the importance really is.