i shaved my head

Yep, i shaved it a few weeks ago. It was a medical thing. Nothing serious, they just needed access to that which lies below what was left of my hair.

Here’s some advice: if you ever have to shave your head, don’t look in the mirror. It’s a scary thing.

When i looked in the mirror i was reminded of a physics lesson i had early in my childhood. See, i had taken a running leap off that brick porch a thousand times. At take-off i could sail through the air, arms stretched out in front of me Superman style, for what seemed like hundreds of feet – maybe 20 seconds of hang-time. Well, either that or something else.

So, i figured, if one can run and jump OFF the porch, shouldn’t one be able to run and jump back ONTO the porch? Strapping on my flying cape, i got another running start, and jumped with all my might.

The concrete corner of the porch was about head-high on me, and that’s where i got my first stitches. Who knew gravity had such an attitude?

When i shaved my head, i saw that scar. And several others. i’m a slow learner i guess.

Trials, i think, are like a spiritual head-shaving. When we see the scars, we might recall the corresponding failures or mistakes or accidents that created them. And we can learn.

My wife and my mom tell me my shaved head is beautiful, scars and all. That’s what they’re supposed to say. Amy Carmichael said this:

Hast thou no scar?
No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand?
I hear thee sung as mighty in the land;
I hear them hail thy bright, ascendant star.
Hast thou no scar?

Hast thou no wound?
Yet I was wounded by the archers; spent,
Leaned Me against a tree to die; and rent
By ravening beasts that compassed Me, I swooned.
Hast thou no wound?

No wound? No scar?
Yet, as the Master shall the servant be,
And pierc├Ęd are the feet that follow Me.
But thine are whole; can he have followed far
Who hast no wound or scar?

She was a missionary in India for more than 50 years. She followed far.

Some of us have scars from self-inflicted wounds. i guess those are the toughest to think about. That’s my challenge.

Peter, who denied even knowing Jesus three times one “crucial” evening, knew he was in trouble the minute that rooster crowed. Talk about self-inflicted… Jesus restored Peter, and used him in a huge way to build the Kingdom.

When we pray for all our friends every day, we ask that Jesus will reveal Himself to you, and that you’ll see Him clearly and know Him better.

The scars? When we look up to Him, our eyes are off the mirror.

Hope you are all doing well. You are in our prayers always.


About Mike Pratt

Husband, father, entrepreneur, follower of Jesus, sometimes church planter . . .
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