Dear Praying Friend,
I had what I thought was a perfect plan for Fulton. I was going to take him to get a haircut. Then onto some serious shopping at a huge mall south of Nashville.
When I got to Fulton’s room, he looked at me and then started pointing to his head. I asked him if his head hurt, he gave me a thumbs down, which means no. I said, “Let’s go get your haircut and then go to your favorite store, Lids.” (Lids is his favorite hat shop.) He pointed to his head again and then pointed down. I had no idea what he was trying to say, something was going on with his head and he didn’t want a haircut.
I figured he would change his tune when we got to the beauty shop, but he hadn’t. He did not want a haircut, yet something was going on with his hair. I made it clear to Fulton, no haircut, no hat. Everyone in the beauty shop was watching us as I firmly attempted to make him get a haircut, but he would not give in. I was not very happy with him. I took him back to his room.
I couldn’t understand why he was so adamant about not getting a haircut. The staff at the nursing home finally figured it out. Yes, he wanted the hat, but he wanted his hair to grow longer too. So, I offered him a compromise, if he would get his mustache and beard trimmed (for health reasons) then I would take him to Lids. He’s okay with that.
It got me thinking how frustrating it must be for Fulton to try to get across one simple solution. I want a new hat, but I don’t want a haircut. How often does this happen in our relationship with God? God has something good for us, but we are slow to understand it. Yet, God in His love works with us patiently, so we will understand what He has for us. It’s a win win situation!
“The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,” Exodus 34:6