Please Stand Still

I did not need my seven year old to tell me she was irritated with me. The exasperated sigh. The slumped shoulders. The begrudging shuffle into the bathroom. They were obvious indicators of her less than cheery attitude.

Undeterred, I set about our morning ritual. With a bottle of detangler, a hairbrush, and a blow-dryer, I worked to get Katie’s unruly hair to calm down and look presentable for school. But that particular morning, she wanted nothing to do with our routine.

Why do we have to do this every day?,” she questioned with great dramatic flair and lots of sighing. “My hair looks fine to me.”

Indeed, Katie was quite right. From the front her hair did look fine. I quickly explained to her that although she could not see the mess on the back of her head, everyone else around her would be able to see it. I then went on to let her know that I, as a loving mother who does not want her daughter to be subjected to much teasing, would still be straightening her hair out. Thank you very much and please stand still.

As she resigned to the inevitable, a verse popped into my mind. I realized our exchange was about much more than hair.

“How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?

Cleanse me from these hidden faults.

Keep me from deliberate sins!

Don’t let them control me.

Then I will be free of guilt

And innocent of great sin.” Psalm 19:12-13

I have sin in my life. Sin I can see, and sin I cannot see. Hidden sins lurking in my heart. But just because I cannot see those sins does not mean everyone else is blind to them. My unruly heart may be waving for all the world to see, like a shock of untamed hair sticking up on the back of my daughter’s head. Yikes!

How I need this kind of reminder. I need to take the condition of my heart seriously. I need to take the issue of my sin seriously! That means letting God take a close look at my heart daily. It means asking the Holy Spirit to reveal to me those places I cannot see on my own. And it means being still long enough for the Lord to be able to do His work of straightening out this wayward heart of mine.

How thankful I am for the way He interrupts my ordinary life to show me His extraordinary truths, for how He speaks to me through my children. And I am oh so thankful He is patient and loving as He has to tell me over and over and over again to please stand still.

8 Responses to Please Stand Still
  1. Kendra
    March 18, 2011 | 4:35 am

    The hair brushing thing is a constant battle in my household too. I feel your frustration!


  2. Momma Shoe
    March 18, 2011 | 11:54 am

    I love the way you God in those everyday moments of being a mom. I’ll be sure to think of this post the next time I’m helping my 7 yr. old with her hair:)

  3. Momma Shoe
    March 18, 2011 | 11:55 am

    I left out a word…I meant to say SEE God in those everyday moments:)

  4. Jill
    March 19, 2011 | 3:35 pm

    Had that exact same conversation with my 4 year old today! Thanks for reminding me of how I can have a similar attitude with God, ouch. Isn’t it amazing and wonderful how He works through our children over and over to teach us so much?! Good to read your words again Kimberly! ~ Jill

  5. Kierstin
    March 19, 2011 | 7:34 pm

    Try the Tangle Teezer. You can find it on Amazon!! No more tears or frustrations!!

  6. Carol Hatcher
    March 21, 2011 | 8:10 am

    Great devotion, Kimberly! How true, how true!

  7. Rachel
    March 21, 2011 | 2:12 pm

    Wonderful post! Thank you for reminding me of the truth and for motivating me to look at the back of my head! 🙂

  8. Desiree Rutter
    March 23, 2011 | 11:38 am

    Love it! Such incredible insight!