“Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” – Matthew 10:30 (NIV)
Soon after my daughter, Gracie, turned three, she started chemotherapy. Six months of treatment were needed to help her fight a rare form of eye cancer. As I contemplated what lay ahead, I was paralyzed by fear. How can this be happening? I asked myself. “Why my daughter?” I asked God.
Shortly after her first treatment, Gracie’s hair began to fall out. My heart broke when she handed me a fistful of long blonde curls. “Help me comfort her,” I quietly asked God. “I can’t do this without you.”
Immediately, an amazing calm came over me. I remembered Matthew 10:30. God’s love for Gracie is so complete that “even the very hairs of [her] head are all numbered.” I held Gracie and lovingly brushed her hair. As more of her hair fell out, I reassured her that God knows everything that is happening to us.
No matter what we are going through, God is with us, holding us as I held her.
Now, years later, when I brush Gracie’s long, blonde hair I am reminded of God’s love. When I look through scripture, I read that God can be trusted. Jesus says that God is aware of everything that happens even to the sparrows. No matter what we are going through, whether illness, loneliness, or separation, God is with us. God values us enough to count each strand of our hair.
Thank you, God, for holding us when times are tough. Amen.
By Angela Pisel