As the flowers bloom and the weather changes I am encouraged by the thought that winter is finally gone. Although snow can be beautiful to watch falling, it is very difficult to navigate unplowed (or half-plowed) city streets. Aside from the other innumerous winter headaches we suffer through, I know that my beautician Lora is always glad when winter shifts and spring settles in.
Like many of you my skin and hair tend to be drier during the winter months. In order to keep my hair healthy and damage-free Mrs. Lora is adamant about using intense conditioners to prevent my hair from breaking due to the external conditions. Washing and drying ones hair and applying an occasional spritz of sheen is not enough to sustain a healthy head of hair through a Wisconsin winter.
Conditioning isn’t my favorite part of the process as it is often time consuming and uncomfortable as it requires an additional trip to the dryer which, by the intensity of the heat, I am sure has to be fueled by the flames of hell.
Even though the process does not feel good, I endure it because I understand that it is good for me. If I want the finished product to look a certain way I understand that I can not skip critical steps. I have to deal with the good and the bad.
As Christians we have to learn to wait on God for what He has promised US. The process of waiting or being conditioned is not always easy but if we want to be the fullness of what God has designed us to be, we must endure.
When we are conditioned spiritually, we are protected from the harsh external elements that life throws our way. When we take the time to be conditioned by the hand of God we no longer have to live being victims who are negatively affected by foolishness spewed by people who have not been conditioned by the Holy Spirit.
Just as no amount of oil sheen can replicate truly moisturized, healthy hair, you can be certain that an unconditioned spirit is equally obvious. When you have difficult situations, how you handle them lets others see the depth of your conditioning. Your co-workers, family and church can readily tell if you have been transformed or are simply covering who you really are with a layer of able smiles and pleasantries.
This week, allow the power of God to condition you. Know that the difficult times in your life will build you and develop in you something far greater than you can imagine.
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