Her sweet seven year old daughter ran in, distressed about the shape of her face. Do I have an oval face, Mama? she asked. And, as her daughter stood looking up at her with big, gorgeous eyes, she knew that this was a small beginning of a lifetime of asking the same question in a million different ways: Am I good enough?
Her daughter held a magazine that the Lego company sends out. It’s filled with all sorts of Lego building ideas and is usually a great way to encourage her daughter to use her good mind in all kind of construction creativity. But, today. Today the magazine features Lego Friends character Natasha, who wants to help girls find the best hairstyle for their face shape. Oval faces can often have almost any style haircut because almost everything looks great on this face shape! the hairstyle tips proclaim. But, watch out if you have a square face, girls! You may need a haircut that softens the edges of your face.
The Lego girls products are marketed to 5-12 year old girls. So, suddenly her seven year old daughter was desperate to know if she had the obviously desirable oval face shape. If not, she may be wearing the wrong haircut. She may have sharp face edges that must be softened! She may, as the magazine points out, have a long face, which would be unfortunate, as she would need a haircut to make her face appear slightly shorter.
So, here is a short truth for the Natashas of the world. For the makers of Lego Friends. For my God-loving sisters out there. For this seven year old little girl. And for my own two precious daughters.
Jesus cares about your haircut.
Yes, He cares about your face shape. He cares about your body shape. Your eye color. Your freckles. He cares about all the things you love about your appearance, and He cares about all the things you hate. He cares because He made you.
He knows exactly how many individual hairs are on your head at this moment in time. And, He cares about every. single. part of you.
Hear me, sweet women of this world. Everything that you hate about your body is precious to Him. Every oval face, round face, square face, and heart-shaped face was designed by Him and is intimately known by Him. Your beautiful, imperfect, unique, treasured faces filled His heart and mind on the day he took to the cross.
Listen, my dear little girls, your sweet faces are just the tip of the God-glorifying iceburg! When you are teenagers, let them wear smiles even when you feel self-conscious about your teeth. As you age, let your eyes and nose crinkle for all of your laughing and smiling and joy in this life, and don’t worry about wrinkles or acne or any of the things that plague our feeble little bodies. Live to let your spirit-filled hearts shine through those blue eyes and spill out of your not always perfectly lipsticked mouths.
And, remember above all, that as much as Jesus cares about every little detail of your bodies, He cares most of all about what is in your hearts.
Get your hair cut the way you like it. Wear pink every day if you want to. But, don’t ever think that Jesus doesn’t care about what you do or who you are or how you look. He is an expert on you.
When He looks at you, He sees no sharp edges. He sees no ugliness at all. He only sees His child, whom He knows like He knows the palm of his nail-scarred hand. And, He loves you and your face shape and your haircut.
And your heart.
For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:7
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30