Today, I learnt something about God through washing my hair. I love that about God, He teaches you wisdom through everyday circumstances. Wisdom is everywhere.
she raises her voice in the public square;
at the city gate she makes her speech”
As I was in the shower today going through my hair washing routine, God spoke to me. Now I love the shampoo part of hair washing; dolloping shampoo on your hair and massaging your scalp so it gets gets all foamy – you feel so clean and fresh after you’ve washed out all the hair product and dirt that’s built up. I realised that’s just like Jesus. When you go to him, you get washed clean of your sin and all the rubbish that’s built up in your life. It feels great – you don’t feel guilty anymore, you feel light and airy and clean.
At this point in the process, after the shampoo, you can technically stop if you want to. Shampooing is enough if you want clean hair. It’s the same with Jesus. His grace is enough for you to be washed clean. You don’t need to do anything else.
However, in order for my hair to be in the best state possible, I use conditioner. Conditioner can feel good, but sometimes it hurts trying to comb out tangles, it takes longer as you’re supposed to leave it in a few minutes and (if you follow what hairdressers say to make your hair super shiny) rinsing it out with freezing cold water is painful (apparently cold water closes the hair follicles…). I don’t have to condition my hair, but it minimises my number of bad hair days. It doesn’t make my hair any cleaner but when I use conditioner, my hair isn’t so tangled or puffy and far more controllable. Conditioning is like spiritual disciplines. With God we don’t have to read our bibles or journal or go to church or pray. These things take extra time and can be difficult or painful or might just seem boring but they help to sort out the tangles in your day. Doing these things don’t make us any cleaner in God’s eyes, but just like conditioner, spiritual disciplines help make life more manageable.
Shampooing is enough. But life goes far better when you condition.