Do you want to know one thing that irritates me beyond belief? My biggest pet peeve hands down? It is the hair that grows on my legs.
I don’t know about you ladies (or maybe men) but I have THE thickest, sharpest, darkest hair I’ve ever known. Not only that but it is stubborn, I swear it grows back in less than 24 hours and as soon as it grows back it is so pointy I can’t bear to put my legs together.
But until my funds are set up to where I can afford laser hair removal…my remedy has become daily exfoliation and shaving, if I do this, I am able to avoid the psychological and physical irritation that this…thing…causes.
So, why am I telling you all my business like this?
Well as humans, we all deal with body image day in and day out. With that being said, I know that my story is someone else’s story. I mean, how can we avoid constantly critiquing ourselves when we are bombarded with unattainable images and expectations from pop-culture non-stop?
One of my issues has always been my leg hair. It’s a problem that has bothered me as long as a I can remember, throughout puberty and into adulthood. It felt unbearable because of the frequency and discomfort to the point where I would complain to God, wondering why do I have to deal with this?
I would complain in all authenticity because I knew that God was the only one that really really understood the magnitude of my frustration. I knew that to everyone else, my issue probably seemed minute but it really wasn’t. I’ve grown to understand that God cares about everything we go through. “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7
If he cares about the hairs on my head, surely he cares about the hair on my legs too.
About a month ago, I was complaining about this issue again to my mother.
I was telling her about how bad it was and how unbearable it was and how unsettled I was about the fact that the only way to keep this issue under control is to manage it every single day. But as I was speaking, God illuminated something to me, mid-conversation.
He said to me, “Consider it a blessing that this is your biggest issue.”
In a moment, years and years of frustration became justified because God was gracious enough to allow me to understand my circumstance in an entirely different way. To be completely honest, I almost felt guilty for my complaints and I was immediately humbled to the point that I dared not let one more complaint fall from my lips.
I am healthy and I am beautiful. I have all of the things that I need. How dare I be disgruntled?
Everything about me may not look the way I would prefer at all times, but many people have it much worse. God has been good to me.
If you are fortunate enough to be reading this post God has been good to you as well.
I hope this story has given you perspective. I don’t know what your “issue” is but I know that we all have them, like I said earlier, we are all human.
But don’t be fooled into being ungrateful and missing the bountiful blessings that God bestows upon you in every moment. Take a moment to be grateful and be thankful even for the mere privilege of life on earth for another day.
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thess. 5:18
With Love Always,
Tiffany Trawick ♥