Yesterday, after several weeks of procrastinating I finally went and got my eyebrows done. Now, normally I get them waxed but my wax guy didn’t have the equipment ready and so I was forced into another option. Threading. For all of my male readers, I will just warn you this post is super feminine so feel free to skip it if it’s out of your comfort zone :-). Although I do know of some men who partake in getting their eyebrows done. Heck, even a guy does my eyebrows. Anyways, I digress… So I went to get them threaded because I had some time before my boxing class started at the mall and was in desperate need of grooming. I literally was wishing I could have worn a sign on my forehead that said “eyebrows under construction, please detour” this week, but instead I made sure to cover them as much as possible with bangs. That’s a free beauty tip for those who have natural hair :-).
So I decided on getting them threaded. I’ve done threading before and knew it hurt like…well…it hurts. And so I was already mentally preparing myself for the pain. But you know, not enough mental preparation in the world dulls pain. It really is just about bearing through it. So I sat there in the chair, as the nice Indian lady with really nice eyebrows proceeded to arch and define the little hairs with her string. And I just kept reciting a verse. 2 Cor 4:17
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory”.
Ok, ok, so its eyebrows and this scripture is talking about some serious pain, like being martyred in some awfull, dramatic way. Yea, I get that. But really this was just a picture of what God was using for my current testing period. And so I’m reciting this verse over and over. As my eyes water and I’m experiencing this unnecessary pain (unnecessary because waxing is so much less painful and quicker) I’m thinking “I’m NEVER doing this again. NEVER”. I had such a made up mind…up until she showed me the mirror. Man, I don’t think I’ve had a change of mind that quickly before. My eyebrows were stunning! They were clean and full just how I like them. They were literally shimmering on my forehead! That satisfaction I experienced from the outcome, overshadowed the temporary moment of pain, and I was sold on threading. I’ve had threading done in the past, but this lady did such a great job that I couldn’t help but marvel at her handy work. That is when Holy Spirit was reminding me of His promises. Once again. Reminding me that after a period of testing one comes out as gold. Mal 3:3
”He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver. He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord, an offering in righteousness.”
Without this purification, gold and silver appear, dull. They do not shine, and they have a lot of “junk” still in them. Maybe that’s cool for any joe schmoe on the street, but these kinds of jewels are definitely not fit for a king. Surely not the King of Kings. So God makes it a point to shine us up. Remove the coal from around us so that we may glisten radiantly for His purposes. Isaiah 58:8
“Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard”.
Kind of like my eyebrows…