Amy Rees Anderson

It’ll Grow Back

When my son Dalton was a little boy, for some reason he could not grow bangs.  His hair would grow on top and on the sides and in the back, but not in the front.  For the first few years of his life I kept him in little baseball caps to disguise the fact that his bangs would simply not grow.  So you can imagine the joy I felt when at the age of around 2 they finally started to grow out. I was so excited to finally take off that baseball cap.  Don’t get me wrong, he was still the cutest little kid in the universe but the baseball cap had gotten old and it didn’t go well with his little Sunday suit 🙂   And so his beloved bangs grew in and joyous was the day.

For the big reveal of his cute new hair with bangs, I decided to trim up the back of his hair and the sides so they would look clean cut with his bangs that had grown in.  I sat Dalton down and began trimming his hair when the doorbell rang.  I laid the scissors on the high counter and told Dalton to stay sitting right there while I went to answer the door.    I was only gone a few seconds and I hurried back to finish what I had started. As I came into the room I saw Dalton standing there with his baseball cap on, the scissors on the floor, and a guilty look on his face. “Dalton what have you done??”, I asked.  I dropped to my knees, pulled of his baseball cap and then I saw it. The atrocity!  Dalton had taken the scissors and literally cut his bangs right off all the way down to the scalp.  His beautiful bangs were gone.  My eyes welled up with tears which started to roll down my cheeks.  Without missing a beat Dalton put his hand on my shoulder, looked into my eyes and said “It’s okay Mom, Jesus will make it grow back.”  Then he smiled the biggest smile a kid can smile and hugged me.

Many times in my life since that day I have had times of disappointment, discouragement, and days when everything went completely wrong.  But for some reason, whenever it gets incredibly discouraging I can see that cute little smile and hear the words, “It’s okay Mom, Jesus will make it grow back.” And for some reason it helps me feel a little bit better.

The next time you have a discouraging or disappointing day I hope you can think of those simple words spoken by a little boy with the perfect faith of a young child…It will be okay…and Jesus will help it grow back…whatever it is, He will help make it okay in the end…it may not be okay in exactly the way you had hoped it would or wanted it to be, but rest assured that it will be okay in the way that God knows will help make you the happiest in the end.

Have a great day.


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