I spent a lot of summers with my grandparents when I was growing up. I remember my grandmother telling me that she no longer had to shave her legs or armpits! As a thirteen year old who had hair that seemed to grow night and day, I was amazed.
What do you mean?
She explained that when you get old (now I know she was referring to menopause), your hair doesn’t grow like it does when you are going through puberty. Awesome! I couldn’t wait for that day.
I thought God was pretty smart to make our hair stop growing when our eyesight started to dim. Brilliant!
I remember in my 20’s being in exercise class and the instructor saying, “Come on, girls! Let’s make that leg hair grow!” What? Why? I guess when you sweat it makes your hair sprout out more. So, in essence, she was encouraging us to work out harder. Whatever!
I was waiting for the day when I wouldn’t have to be bothered with the task of shaving my legs and armpits. That would be one advantage of aging.
But my eyesight got old before my leg hair quit growing. I would think I shaved off all of the stubble then get dressed, get somewhere, sit down, cross my legs with my glasses on and then …oops! I missed a spot – or two! Gross.
So I had a great idea! I got in the shower with my reading glasses! (I swore to myself that I would never tell anyone that.) For those of you that don’t wear glasses – yet – what you need to know is that when there is a lot of heat and humidity like there is in Texas – or in your shower – glasses fog! Duh! I quickly pulled them off of may face and looked around to make sure no one saw my stupid stunt – even though no one was in the bathroom.
I have now concocted a shaving system that works – for the most part. It’s sort of a combination of shaving by memory and braille.
When it comes to shaving, my vision is flawed and clouded. You know, when it comes to life, my vision is often flawed and clouded. Sometimes life fogs my perspective. Sometimes I need a new set of eyes on a situation.
When that happens, I need to put on the lenses of a friend or family member. Sometimes I need to go outside my “circle” and have them get up close and personal and see if they can see the stubble ~ because sometimes my friends and family have poor eyesight too.
Are you willing to let someone get up close and personal to examine you for stubble? We need to have trusted people in our lives that can see what we often cannot see.
Do you have those people in your life? Do you rely on them?
Plans fall for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed. ~ Prov. 15:22
Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advise. ~Prov. 13: 10
The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advise. ~ Prov. 12:13
And we always need to seek the Lord for counsel. He is the great counselor.
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. ~ James 1:5
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. ~ Psalm 32:8
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. ~ Prov. 3:5,6
It’s getting late. I had better get in the shower – sans reading glasses!
Kim Adams Morgan says
Shelly, Oh, how I love Proverbs. Our church just did an entire Summer series on it and it was wonderful. I love your post (I have accidentally got in the shower with my glasses on too) and the parable you have here. Isn't this true of so many things in life? Stopping in from Messy Marriage. So nice to meet you.