I used to have thick, Brooke Shields eyebrows in high-school—back when big hair, big shoulders and big everything was in vogue. I started tweezing them in college and it was a painful, time-consuming routine. But over the years, it got easier and many of the hairs eventually stopped growing back. I can look back and see that progress was made… my image has taken on a lasting change (but if big eyebrows make a comeback, I’m sunk).
If you feel as though you’re struggling with some sin that seems big and hairy and out of control (maybe like a giant, Burt-esque unibrow), I ask you to consider something. Think back to another area of past bondage that you are now free of and remember how difficult that seemed at the time. Remember how you were able to uproot that sin as you relied on God. Now trust Him to be faithful again. Ask Him. Let Him. The adjective plucky, meaning “having or showing determined courage in the face of difficulties,” isn’t used much any more, but I think it makes a perfect word picture in this case. So I encourage you to stay plucky! The progress may be incremental, it may even be painful, but in time you’ll be able to look back again and see your further transformation.
And so it goes—as we are folded into Him, beholding His glory, we begin to mirror His image, becoming more and more who we are… from glory to glory. (2 Cor. 3:18) Now that’s a lasting image that will always be considered beautiful.
“It is a serious thing, to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship… There are no ‘ordinary’ people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.” C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory