When travelling I often run out of the shampoo and conditioner that suits me best when at home. When I travel with Easyjet or Ryanair I am limited to the small amount of liquid that is allowed on carry on luggage. I am at the mercy of the gifts of shampoo in the hotel room or the shampoo belonging to my hosts or the type of water, whether hard or soft. I never know what my hair will turn out like. My hair could turn out curly, wavy, smooth or standing out or up.
I was feeling a bit frustrated last Saturday morning before an event in which Brendan and I were taking part. Tempers flare easily when one is tired. My hair looked dull and I was feeling dull. It was our last meeting after a busy schedule in Slovakia. I had to encourage myself in The Lord to finish the race.
Afterwards I read this scripture.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. (1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV)
I quieted myself, picked myself up, gathered my bag and coat and waited for our lift. No more worry about how I looked. After hours of praying for people, I looked radiant. The important thing was that Brendan and I worked in unity. The Lord gave Brendan and me the strength to finish well.