First I want to give you a brief description of “eyebrow threading”:
“Threading is an alternative to hot-waxing and plucking that involves using a simple cotton thread to grasp and pull unwanted facial hair out by the root. There is no risk of being burned with hot wax or being infected with bacteria from contaminated wax from previous clients. There is no sticky, mess left behind unlike with waxing.”
Before I discovered eyebrow threading I use to always get my eyebrows waxed or use a razor. I would see women get their eyebrows, lips, & face threaded but I would always shy away because it looked like it really hurt (indicated by the swollen red eyebrows afterwards).
One day I decided to get it done and I haven’t looked back sense. I did not think much about the process until I took my friend to get hers done too (she isn’t a huge fan on all that “female-maintenance” stuff).
After coercing her to try it she finally agreed. I went first so she could see how it was done. This was a bad idea because she was able to see me go through the painful process first and it made her even more resistant to follow through with it. She saw the blood (which I was unaware happened) and she saw the redness & swelling which actually goes away shortly after you are done.
I, being a good friend, did not lie and act as if it did not hurt. I told her, “It HURTS, BUT it looks so good afterwards!”
She climbs in the chair and after the first eyebrow was done she was ready to call it quits! The pain was so unbearable for her. Thankfully she let the lady finish and didn’t choose to walk out with one eyebrow done and the other not.
After she went through the process she came to the conclusion that she would never do that again (and she has yet to return to this day, lol)! Despite how much we told her how great she looked and how maintaining her appearance was a “feminine necessity” she still was not convinced that the pain was well worth it.
For 5-10 measly minutes of pain you are able to experience up to 4 weeks of beauty (compared to waxing and using a razor which seems to grow back 2 days later).
This natural procedure intrigued me so much that I decided to look at it in a spiritual sense and I came up with 5 factors to consider in our spiritual walk as we endure trials and tribulations:
1. You have to participate in the process
The first thing you have to do when seated is to assist the stylist by placing your hands above and beneath your eyebrow to tighten the area.
Our full cooperation in the process that we go through as believers is essential. Resisting the process and being rebellious only delays your forward progress. Pray and ask God what it is that you could be doing during the particular season in your life so that you can assure that you are helping and not hindering your growth.
2. Be still and let it happen
John 15: 1-17 talks about us being the branches and how God, as the vinedresser, prunes those branches that bear fruit and cuts off every branch that does not bear fruit.
So basically, having to endure the process of pain (for your good) is a given so it serves us good to be still and allow our Father, who we can trust, to get everything out of us what does us no good so that we can be lighter spiritually and more effective in the Kingdom.
3. For temporary pain, you get lasting beauty, with no mess: Plus, It wont last always
As I stated earlier, the process of eyebrow threading lasts only for about 10 minutes, which yield up to 4 weeks of great looking eyebrows. The description above can help us make wise decisions regarding which procedure to choose (waxing, tweezing, razor, etc…)
Which will you choose in your spiritual walk? Will you choose the one that seems the easiest and less painful? Or will you choose the one that is shown to be more effective and has lasting results even if it appears to be more painful, odd, and seemingly unlikely to work (who thought of using thread anyways?!)?
Don’t choose the short cut to maturity in your walk with Christ. Don’t try to cut the process in half either. Resisting or not completing the process in the manner in which you should have could leave you in a “messy” situation which will result in you having to go through the same process over and over again until you get it right (more so than you would have if you would have done it God’s way and for the sake of this example, the eyebrow threading way).
Let God cut things out of your life at the root and stop addressing deeply rooted issues only at the surface!
4. The pain is for your good and to make you better
The pain you go through in life can always be used for your good. God can take the good, bad, and ugly and turn it around for your good and His glory (Romans 8:28).
When we go through the process it is not to destroy us but to develop us. God knows that it is needed for us to become mature in our walk. Many times you will find yourself enduring in pain in areas that need testing, strengthening, and/or changing. For example, if God has given you a promise then satan will attempt to make you doubt that the promise will happen by throwing in obstacles and delays. God will allow this to happen for the testing of your faith and to strengthen your trust and dependence in Him and His word.
“No pain…no gain” is a bit cliché but yet it supports my example here nicely.
5. You will find your strength & smile again
After the stylist completes your eyebrows, she hands you a mirror and asks how you like it. Despite the pain that I just endured, I am able to look in the mirror with a smile and say, “It looks great!” I am able to do this with a sincere smile because I remember what I looked like before I sat in the chair and my latter looked much greater!
The entire time I am in the chair I am thinking about how crazy I must be to put myself through this pain but I muster up the strength to remain and immediately when she is done, I am able to smile at the beauty that resulted from the pain.
This is the same strength that you can help others find! When they see that you endured and came out better than when you went in then it gives them hope that they can do it too if they choose to go through process!
∆ Phone God: Dear Lord, thank you for making me look better on the inside as well as on the outside. Help me to hang in there and not give up before you can actually complete your work in me. Give me the strength I need to endure the pain and give me the mindset of one who is determined to more like you. I thank you that this won’t last always. In Jesus name, Amen.
∆ Chew on this:
- “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sister, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1:2-4
- “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”– I Peter 1:6-7
- “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. 7 Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.” – II Tim 2:3-7
∆ Ponder on this:
There will be numerous of times in life when we will have to experience great pain. This pain may result in consequence to an action on your behalf or this pain may have nothing to do with what you did or did not do; it is simply a part of the process.
Don’t fret the process and run due to fear (as my friend did). Embrace the pain and just allow God to do His work. Why go through the pain? Is it even worth it? These are some questions that you may be asking yourself and my answers are (1) You need to go through the pain because it makes you look better (physically and spiritually). After coming out of a test you find yourself holding your head a little bit higher and you have new revelation of just how much God can really do in your life and (2) Yes, it is worth every moment of it simply because the reward is far greater than the pain. Just like a woman giving birth; in order to get the miracle, she has to push through the pain.
You will soon forget the pain after you see the beauty that has resulted from your endurance and perseverance!
Cry if you have to but what ever you do, do not get up from that “chair” until He has completed His work in you.
You are looking better already!! J
∆ Act on this:
- What is your mindset as you endure pain?
- Think about the current pain you are having now and think of all the possible positive solutions that could come from it.
- Be still and allow God to finish His work in you.