Yesterday I had coffee with my friend Eric at a local Starbucks and I noticed that he had cut his hair very short. It wasn’t bad, I actually liked it but I could tell he felt awkward. I made a comment about it and he said there is a story behind the bad haircut. I love stories so I said tell me about it.
He started out by paraphrasing a verse:
We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 2 Cor. 4:10
“There is a barber in my neighborhood that I have gone to in the past and he is crazy. I mean he is not right. One time he said some really offensive things while I was there and I said to myself as I left that I was never going to go to that barber again. God stopped me and said yes you are. You are going to go back there and you are going to love the heck out of that man. I remembered Pastor Jason’s sermon from last Sunday when he was preaching on Jonah and asked us where or what is our Nineveh. Where is the place we have said to God we will not go? So I went back to the crazy barber yesterday and was nice to him and loved him; and this is the haircut I got.”
It is an axiom of life that God is always speaking if we but would have eyes to see and ears to hear. I believe many of us don’t hear from God because we don’t want to hear from God. If we heard a truth about ourselves we would have to do something with that truth and most of are more committed to our autonomy than Jesus.
Sometimes when you are obedient to God you still get a bad haircut.