A Crown of Glory

No one wants to look older than they really are. No one. Let’s face it—the world tells us gray hair is a sign of old age. It’s not associated with being young and beautiful. And we go to great extremes to stop this unavoidable path.

I was only twenty-two when I spotted my first white hair. Yes, white! No gradual grays for me. I was horrified. And I’m pretty sure that very day I went to the salon.

I hid behind hair dye from that day on. I felt plagued. Every few months I applied harsh chemicals to my hair hoping to distract everyone from the reality. I was determined to remain looking young and beautiful.

I chose dark, mahogany brown. No one would suspect the evidence of age as it leaked into the strands of my hair. For a while it worked.

But over the years it became impossible to cover up the truth. It would’ve required a box or two of dye every three or four weeks. My hair was incredibly dry and damaged. It was then—after some prideful, youthful tears—I decided to stop the madness.

I decided I would embrace it.

Be bold—go gray, I told myself, muttering through the pride I still felt. I chopped off my hair and waited patiently for all the damage to grow out.

And there it was. Ash brown with softly highlighted white and grays like a macadam road.

Now, I can sit here and feel self-conscious—because I’m only in my mid-thirties—or I can look at my hair and the smile wrinkles around my eyes and be proud.

Proverbs 16:30
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.

I can feel embarrassed or I can feel privileged. Gray hair is not just a sign of achievement of age; it’s proof. It’s proof that I am living a life and maturing in it (I hope!).

I can thank God that He’s blessed me with a long enough life to achieve my macadam highlights and even grateful that I’ve been able to smile enough times to achieve my smile wrinkles.

Proverbs 31:30
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

So, I refuse to see it as a curse of color (or lack thereof) but a crown of glory.

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