Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Brown (11/26/09)
TITLE: Crowning Glory
By Jan Stewart
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
ADD TO MY FAVORITES
Many times I had seen her with forlorn, broken children sitting on her lap as she smiled with such love into their grubby brown faces. Those sick and dirty children, forgotten and unloved, living in an unheard of village somewhere in Africa. Somewhere, sometime, God had ignited in her such a desire to help and care for the lost and brokenhearted.
I suddenly remembered a conversation many years ago, when she was seated on my own lap whilst I brushed her riot of tangled brown curls. At six, it was easier to manage her unruly mop by keeping it in a ponytail, but I promised her that one day she would be thankful to have such beautiful hair. I noticed tears glistening on her little freckled cheeks, and she woefully told me she wished she had golden hair like her sister's.
“It's so shiny and straight and much prettier than mine!' she wailed. “ I want people to think I look like a princess and then they'll like me.” I looked down at the troubled face, and hugged her tight.
“Do you know just how special you are Ruthie? God made us all different and all beautiful; some with blonde hair, some with black or red, some with no hair at all! God knew just how he wanted you to look when he created you, long before you were even born. He chose your face specially for you, and wanted you to have curly brown hair and chocolate brown eyes because they are perfect for you. If you thank Him everyday for who you are it will make Him so happy! But beauty is not only about how we look, it comes from within. God wants us even more, to have a beautiful heart. He wants us to think of others more than ourselves, and to show love to everyone, to the people who have nothing, and even to those who we think don't deserve it”.
I watched emotions flicker over her face as she pondered my words and dried her tears, then solemnly she declared, “If God wants me to have brown hair, then that's ok. I will have to ask Him to help me love everyone though, so I can have a beautiful heart. Sometimes it is not easy to love everyone, but I want to!” What precious words those turned out to be!
In that defining moment Ruth opened her heart to the Lord, and began her journey in loving others.
A willing heart is all He needed. That earnest little girl with wild, brown tangles grew up, and before me now, framed in the mirror, stood a radiant young bride, a princess, with a crown of stars adorning her dark brown hair, a beautiful treasure and a willing servant , with a heart of gold.
The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be right now. CLICK HERE
JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.