I would have thought my decision not to cut her hair would have pleased my daughter. Instead, she was terrified and disgusted that I wanted to put peanut butter in her hair. She threw the biggest fit that I have ever seen. She screamed, cried, and pulled away. I had to get my husband to hold her in place so I could work the process without puling all of her hair out. If my neighbors could hear her, they probably would have thought that she was being tortured. I couldn’t understand her response. It was all in her head. There was nothing painful about the process.
Of course, this made me think on a spiritual level. First, she knew that she was wrong and didn’t want to get in trouble, so instead of coming to me, she tried to fix it first but made it worse. How many times have we done this with God? We do something out of His will and mess up, but instead of bringing it to Him so that He can fix it, we make things worse by acting in our own strength.
Then her response was over exaggerated because of her own guilt of knowing that she didn’t follow the rules. She was mad at herself because she knew if she had listened, that she wouldn’t have to go through the uncomfortable process of restoring what was damaged. Don’t we always get more made at ourselves when we know that we didn’t yield to the Holy Spirit and obey the voice of God? The enemy loves to bring in condemnation which causes an irrational emotional response.
She was out of control! All of these things caused her to fight with super strength. She was manifesting and it took her father to hold her to calm her down. Sometimes we have to stop fighting, stop complaining, and let Daddy God wrap us in his arms and calm us down, so that we can submit to the process.
The process often doesn’t make sense. My daughter couldn’t understand why I wanted to put food in her hair. She perceived it as some weird punishment. She didn’t believe that it would work. I’m sure the blind man that Jesus healed thought it strange that He mixed spit and mud to rub on his eyes, but he submitted to the process and it worked. How many times have we forsaken our own healing or deliverance because the process presented before us seemed untraditional? As a matter of fact, many won’t even submit to a traditional process as simple as answering an altar call! We act like stubborn 3-year-olds who put God in a box limited to our own understanding. If we can’t make sense of it in our natural minds, we automatically reject it and think that it is not God.
It is time to free our minds from the bondage of this world and be transformed. God wants to bring change, but we must first let Him embrace us and show us the unusual miracles that He wants to perform in us and through us. We are in a time when obedience is a must. We can’t fix things on our own. We have to be quick to repent and willing to submit to the process that He wants to take us through. Even if it means that it seems strange and useless to us, we must know that God has a purpose for doing things the way that He does and He will get all of the glory.
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
When we give him our minds and accept that He is limitless in everything that He does, we will truly live in the power of the Holy Spirit that lives within us. We must come out of our pride and take on humility. We must rebuke intellectualism and submit to the mind of Christ. We must admit where we have been wrong and repent. We must let the Father Hold us, calm us down, and bring us through our process of restoration. It won’t be as bad as the enemy has made it seem. God’s soothing balm of healing will gently rub the hurt away just as the peanut butter gently took out the gum once my daughter calmed down.
Father, we thank You for healing and restoration. We thank You that You always know best even when we don’t understand. Forgive us for putting You in a box and not submitting to Your process for our lives. We want to operate with the mind of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. We want and are ready for unusual miracles signs and wonders. We are in great expectation of change that brings healing and deliverance to us and through us. Let Your healing balm saturate our hearts and work its way through every hurt and broken place. We resist the devil and submit to You. We know longer care what the world calls strange and know that you do the simple things to confuse the wise. We trust You and want You to get all of the glory in our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!