I needed a haircut.
But, where should I go?
Over three years had passed since I had had a haircut, color and highlights in Oregon. ‘Should I return to the same place, or seek out some other salon?’ I asked myself.
My one caveat was that I didn’t want to drive very far – nor pay an arm and a leg.
I located a hair venue near my parents that took on-line appointments. I surveyed the different stylists listed and prayed that the Lord would help me select a person.
Have you ever prayed, followed-through with what you thought the Lord had asked you to do, and then lo, and behold experienced His handiwork in the process?
Well, that happened today.
I had never met the stylist that I selected to cut, color, and style my hair. However, as we began to talk and share stories today, I knew I was there for a reason. I was there to be an encouragement.
I won’t share what the stylist told me, but as I listened, the Lord gave me what she said were ‘just the right words’ for her situation.
As an encourager, one who really tries to bless and uplift others, I can’t tell you how much the Lord cheered my heart by her words of affirmation. Because honestly, there are times when my desire to encourage and uplift and exhort can backfire. My heart is in the right place, but sometimes someone may not need or want such words – or the timing could be all wrong. When that happens, I question myself – was that me trying to encourage instead of following my Lord’s lead and guidance? Was I listening well? Was that a time to speak, a time to be silent, a time to pray? As an encourager, I must ask myself these things, because I really want to be all about the Lord’s work and discern His voice – and not just respond to my own.
Well, today, the Lord offered me some assurance that I had listened to His prompting in yet another way….
A woman entered the salon who I had known since my early childhood! I hadn’t seen her in at least six years.
I looked over at her and introduced myself. I knew she wasn’t expecting to see me. In fact, she was stunned to see me. She exclaimed, “Heather! What are you doing here? I thought you were in South Africa!”
We proceeded to have a lovely conversation, catching up on family, on faith, and on life, while we were together in that little salon near my parents’ home!
It was such a precious time.
Finally, my appointment was finished, and I prepared to leave.
My new stylist friend said, “I am so glad you came in today. Your words really connected with me. I’m going to remember what you said.”
I responded, “May I give you a hug?”
She said, “Absolutely!”
So, I did.
When I entered the salon this afternoon, it had been a dark, gloomy, grey, autumn day. As I departed, the day had transformed into rays of light, bright, sunny blessings.
Two weeks ago, I prayed about where I should go for a haircut. I had had no idea what the outcome of that little prayer would be – but I am so glad I followed the prompting of the Holy Spirit to pick this place, this person, and this time – because apparently the Lord had a plan of blessing an encouragement all along – not just for me, but others as well!
This day truly was an affirmation of these truths:
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
New International Version, John 16:13
It was just really nice to offer words of hope, love, strength and power to someone who really needed it today – in honor of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – making today so much more than a hair cut.