Sunday, October 3, 2010

How to Reverse A Bad Hair Day By Kelli Zaniel

It’s finished! Two hours and ten minutes later, the salon chair twists around. I, with my newly permed locks, jump to the floor. Curl-n-lock shampoo in hand, my mom and I leave behind our day of beauty.

The next day at school, a smarty pants boy in my 7th grade class shouts, “Your hair looks like a rat’s nest!” First of all, I didn’t realize that rats had nests. Secondly, I was two feet taller than him and way too intimidating to get in my face (or so I thought).

I’ll admit that my highly anticipated beautiful, curly locks looked more like a frizzy, unworkable mess. However, my challenged head of hair was none of his business.

One long, lonely bus ride home and too many tears later, I run into the security of my mom’s arms. She wipes my tears, kisses my cheek, and tries running her fingers through my tangled “rat’s nest.” She grabs a comb and makes me beautiful.

“For you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings!” (Ps. 61:3-4, NLT).

Now as an adult, when a mean world hurts my feelings, I run to Jesus. He identifies with me. He understands what it’s like to be mocked and ridiculed. I clutch his hand and breathe Him in as if He’s the last breath I’ll ever take.

I snuggle in my Father’s arms. He listens. He wipes away my tears. I stay there until my tender heart mends. He makes me beautiful on the inside, where it really counts!

When your hurt, can you think of a better pair of arms to run to?


  1. I love this line... "I breathe Him in as if He's the last breath I'll ever take." That captures exactly what it's like! There is no better refuge than Him.

  2. Beautiful illustration!
    God is using this website, I'm sure.

    Thoughts and prayers are with you gals.