One of my favorite Bible characters is Samson. Samson was granted supernatural strength by God in order to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats such as wrestling a lion, slaying an entire army with only the jawbone of an ass, and destroying a pagan temple. Samson had two vulnerabilities, however: his attraction to untrustworthy women and his hair, without which he was powerless. These vulnerabilities ultimately proved fatal for him. I am embarrassed to say this is a Wikipedia summary. Who would have known I would study the Bible with Wikipedia.
My hairstyle is pretty much set for me now, as I am opposed to bed heads and refuse to fix it. It leaves me only one option. Hair often identifies people. But it is overrated in Tara’s and my opinion. It is just stuff on our body that takes away resources from other things we would rather be doing. I guess it is kind of like cancer in that regard. No offense to those of you who love your hair.
Tonight Tara got rid of much of her hair in anticipation of losing it. We went to the south Fantastic Sam’s, where we always go. When we walked in, we realized the Spirit of God had prepared the way. The hairdresser knew Tara’s situation and the reason for the haircut. She courageously asked if she could pray for Tara before the haircut. So with all our kids there the hairdresser prayed for Tara and our family.
But unlike Samson who lost his supernatural strength when cutting his hair, Tara seems to be gaining supernatural strength. We are gearing up for round two of chemo tomorrow. Her body is thin and week, but her spirit is strong. She has had good days leading up to now. Sleep hasn’t been great but okay; her body not painless, but manageable; her mind not discouraged, but hopeful. She is ready for the next round.
She is sleeping now and that does my heart good. I am typing in an awkward position because she is laying against my arm. There is no chance that I’ll move her. I love this. God thank you for keeping us hopeful during this time. Though our crying may last for the night, the joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). Lord, You are good and your mercies are everlasting….and your love endures forever (Psalm 100:5).