Shortly after the birth of my third baby, my body and self image were taking a huge confidence hit. I stared fixedly into the mirror with my milk-stained, three-day-old shirt and my sleep-deprived eye bags that could carry a week's worth of clothing, and I was absolutely fixated on my hair.
Maybe it was exhaustion, maybe it was hormones, but for some reason, I was convinced that I needed to change my part to the other side of my head.
Okay, I was definitely losing it.
I brushed, I combed, I coaxed, but nothing I did would make my hair do what I wanted it to do. I tried to clip it down but this annoying cowlick made the back of my hair stick straight up. And I sobbed in the bathroom over a pile of hair ties, clips, and serums.
Then a little voice in my head told me to just let it go.
It is no use fighting your hair's "natural state," just let it go, Daughter.
So I huffed and threw the brush back into the drawer, I took a shower, and parted my hair the same old way I always do and started laughing hysterically at what could have possibly possessed me to try a new hairstyle.
In those little moments, God reminds us of the truth.
"[A]nd he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth" (John 14:16-17).
Even in the most hilarious ways. Maybe you've experienced this in a big way or a little one, but the Spirit is moving in your life, sister. Start paying attention in little ways. Listen to Him.
Sink deep into a Hail Mary today, asking Our Mother to help you listen.
Dr. Samantha Aguinaldo-Wetterholm is a wife to Paul, mom to three little ones, and practices dentistry at a public health community center for low income families in the Bay Area, California. She (unashamedly) thinks ice cream is its own food group, does not leave the house without wearing sparkly earrings, and is an enthusiastic proponent of the Oxford comma. She is a contributing author to our children's devotional prayer book called Rise Up. Find out more about her here.