Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Less to Count

Photo by Pam Williams
Hair—Exit, stage right! The literature on chemotherapy says hair loss usually occurs two weeks after starting treatment. In my case, they nailed it! This week my hair has been rapidly transferring from my head to the trash can. God has lots less hairs to count on my head these days!

I have to admit I am not taking it too well. I’m into hats these days! However, in the grand scheme of life-saving treatment, hair loss seems so trivial. So, why does it bother me so much?

It boils down to thinking my acceptance by others, my value in their eyes, is based on looks—which is a falsehood perpetrated by the world. The Open Bible lists 53 verses on our worth in God’s eyes!

So many wonderful, encouraging verses! Here are just a few of my favorites:

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:13

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31

For God loved us so much, that he gave his only Son. . . John 3:16

Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you . . . Isaiah 43:4

In light of my own situation, 1 Samuel 16:7 stood out to me: “The Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

While cancer and its treatment may change my outward appearance, it cannot change my heart. And that is what matters to God—and to those people in my life who love me scars, bald head, and all! So I will keep on striving to obey God with all my heart and let the chips hairs fall as they may! J

Blessings to you all!

P.S. I had my second chemotherapy treatment on Tuesday, July 21st. Things went very well! So thankful for all your prayers!©2015 Pamela D. Williams