Hiding Our Nasty Roots

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How many of us are hiding things in our lives? Or how many of us are burying our heads in the sand about a certain situation? Every human being is hiding some sort of secret. Some people are open with their lives, their experiences, their feelings, their bodies, their world, while others are very closed and find it hard to share a piece of their chocolate bar with a friend. We are all made differently, but we all have our problems!
I, myself am a very open book. What you see is what you get! My attitude is–what do I have to hide? Really…I’m human, just like the rest of you. Judge me if you wish, but I really don’t care. Yet my husband is much more private than I, and it took me a while to learn to respect this, but finally I think I have it mastered.
As I move into the forth decade of my life, I am learning how to hide something…my inevitable white hairs that seem to be spouting out of nowhere. These little rascals seem to multiply, but it’s nothing that a bottle from the drug store can’t fix. I knew that it was going to happen eventually, but I didn’t realize what a pain it was going to be.
It takes about an hour of your day once a month, and for a busy woman like myself, some days it is hard to squeeze in this special time to cover these wiry, little, bad boys. As painful as it is to find the time, I seem to eventually break down and make time, as badly as I don’t want to.
The day after, everyone notices you did something to yourself, but most people can’t pin point exactly what it is, because really, all you did was color your roots. For myself, I don’t have that much gray hair, so it is really not much of a difference at all.
While I am dying my roots, my children are at the age of hiding their blemishes as well. They are getting the odd break out on their faces, and my daughter is loving the magic of make-up. A little concealer really zaps the redness out of those nasty pimple monsters that creep up on her beautiful complexion.
We all have things in our life we want to change, or cover up…like my gray hairs, or my children’s zits. We all do things we wished we didn’t. We all have our issues. It’s what we do to try and fix our problems.
We can grab a quick fix, like I do with my grays, and try to cover them up…but, really, that is just masking the problem. We can ignore our problems, and look the other way…but again, the problem still remains. What we really need to do is get down to the root of our problem, and fix the problem at the root, not just mask it, like the roots of my dye job…But…How, depends on your problem. Luckily, all the answers are easily found in one little book…the Bible!
Maybe you secretly cheated on a test, have a feeling for someone other than your spouse, a debt that you are hiding from someone, a secret addiction that you just can’t shake…whatever it is you are hiding from the world, there is a way to fix it in the Bible. The first step is believing that you can concur it, and then start reading the word of God. After that you have to start to confess the problem, and take ownership on it. That doesn’t mean that you have to share it with the world…but you do have to admit it to God. Only then will you be given the key on how to unlock this torment.
One of my go-to verses is Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”…which is very hard for humans to wrap their brain around.
What? Don’t worry? That is all I do, you are thinking…my finances are in shambles, my marriage is on the rocks, my kids are out of control, my parents are sick…not to mention my problems at work. How do I not worry? How do I not try to hide all my difficulties? I want to hide from them myself! Please, just trust me…If we would just slow down, spend some alone time with the great creator of our universe, and say this verse over and over, you would be surprised how your life just might change. Like my gray roots, they might creep back into your life, but now you have the word of God to turn to again…and again, it WILL help you! You just have to believe!

~Toby Hale

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