Several days of rain and humidity do not lend well to a hair-do. Standing before the mirror, I thought of the high maintenance of my “floppy do.” Studying the curls where it couldn’t and the straight where it shouldn’t, I counted the days until my upcoming haircut. His voice invaded my moment of vanity, “Who are you trying to impress?”
David wrote: “God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to You; even from a distance, You know what I’m thinking.” [Psalm 139:1-2 The Message]
I know I’ve prayed that prayer myself ~ many times. But it seemed He went to meddling when it came to a bad hair day. It wasn’t hair that He was interested in though; it was the motive of my heart.
David continued: “I’m never out of Your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and You are there, then up ahead and You’re there, too~Your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful~I can’t take it all in!”
I pondered His question. Impress? Was it others I am trying to impress? Or was it myself I was trying to impress? It certainly was not HIM that I was trying to impress with my “do.”
I could relate to David’s writing: “Is there any place I can go to avoid Your Spirit? To be out of Your sight?” [verse 7] When Holy Spirit asked this deep-searching question, I was ready to hide. “You’d find me in a minute–You’re already there waiting!” Oh me…..
Days later, I was still pondering what His question aroused: ‘Can I impress God?’ Before I quickly discounted the question as ridiculous, I began a biblical search on what does impress God. Certainly nothing man-concocted. The conclusive answer I found rested within the mirror of the Word of God: His reflection revealed in His beloved.
The problem, as you can guess, was my soul’s ‘floppy do.’