But this blog isn't about hair. It's about living a life of gratitude to the Lord who made us and who tells us that he knows the number of hairs on each of our heads. He knew us before we were conceived, he knows when we were born and when we will die, and every moment is precious to him, even that moment when we breathe our last.
While I know there are many things that I need to change to be the woman He wants me to be, I also am grateful for the type of person He has made me and for how far He has brought me because He never gave up on me at any time in my life, even in my rebellion.
There are many songs and old hymns that talk about God knowing every individual by name and Jesus tells us our Father knows how many hairs are on each of our heads. In Revelation 2:17 Jesus gives us an amazing promise to those who learn to live a life of gratitude to Him, "…And I will give to each one (who is victorious in Jesus) a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one understands except the one who receives it." What is awesome about this is that the Lord God knows each of us by name, but He also knows us by that special name He has given each of us that we don't even know!
In Psalm 139, David is in awe of God's knowledge of him. He acknowledges that no matter where he is, God's knows. Then in verses 13-18 you can almost see David stand up in excitement and loudly shouts out how fearfully and wonderfully God made him. Then the shout ends in awe, "How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!"
Rich Mullins wrote a song based on this Psalm. In it the song declares that nothing and no one is beyond God's reach. Even the vilest person has the chance to feel God's love if that person would only ask God's forgiveness through Jesus' sacrifice. Nothing and no one is beyond God.
I can't say I understand verses 19-22, but after David's talk about destroying the wicked, he then humbly asks God to search him and to point out anything that offends. The point of this is that none of us can say we deserve God's love and there's no way to ever pay Him back for his mercy. The most any of us can do is to live a life of gratitude and love for others as He has loved us.
Job, when he lost everything said, "I came naked from my mother's womb and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!"
I'm not sure I am at the place where Job was when he said that, but here today, as I write this I can agree with Job, "The Lord gives and the Lord takes, blessed be the name of the Lord," I know that the Lord gives and takes away based on what is best for me and for each one of us. He knows the plans He has for us, Jeremiah wrote, and those plans are for our good. Nothing is beyond God.