Time has gotten away from me again. This is actually my favorite Husband quote from a few days ago, but I still thought it was worth sharing.
I have just finished blow-drying my hair with a diffuser with my head tilted upside-down. I am excited because, in my opinion, the technique had the desired effect of making my wavy-curly hair look more wavy-curly than usual.
I say, “Honey, do you notice anything different about my hair today?”
Husband pauses to carefully consider my appearance. He’s been put in this situation before, poor guy.
“You didn’t have your clippie pin* and… go back!” Husband says, while pantomiming me clipping something at the top of my head and then waving one hand back over his head and down one shoulder.
- four bobby pins
In Husband’s defense, he was right. I usually do use bobby pins to hold back some of my hair. On this particular day I had left my hair entirely down. But he had not noticed the beautiful extra-curliness of my hair that I was so very proud of.
Husband’s interpretation of what I do to my hair on a normal day tickled my funny bone and deflated some of my excitement over my hair, but it also taught me something. Or rather, it reminded me of something that I have learned before and have had to relearn over and over again.
Nobody—and I mean nobody—scrutinizes my physical appearance with as much fervor as I do. I know this is true, and yet I still spend time and energy thinking about and trying to improve my appearance.
I have long been disappointed with myself because of this importance I place on my appearance, and it has proven difficult for me to moderate that down to a healthy desire to look presentable.
I’ve prayed about it. I’ve memorized Bible verses and then taped them up next to my mirror:
“Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7)
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.” (1 Peter 3:3-5a)
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Prov. 31:30)
I’ve studied abroad in a country where it was neigh impossible to spend time and energy on physical appearance.
Still I concern myself with my appearance much, much more than I ought.
But Husband’s words were a good reminder for me.