Daily Prompt ~ Discomfort


He didn’t like sitting in the chair. It was tough enough for him to sit still for a few minutes at any time of day, any place. But to sit there while his older brother was carefully cutting his hair, while he had itchy hair on his shoulders, and hair in his mouth? This was excruciating.

But he waited. And the beauty of it was, that this very fidgety ultra-talkative 10 year old was waiting QUIETLY and PATIENTLY. No complaints. The fact that he was very uncomfortable showed in his eyes, but he waited.

His sister and I watched, and laughed, and enjoyed the process of watching his older brother give him a much-needed haircut. Would we have enjoyed it if he had constantly been complaining and telling us how miserable he was? No. Did we know how miserable he was? Yes. We knew without him speaking a word, but it blessed us because he didn’t burden us with the complaints of what is obviously often part of having a hair cut.

This preadolescent showed us love that day in that he was patient and endured the “torment” of being itchy and tired and fidgety (all felt in extreme variations by preadolescents!) This moment was a visual for me. So often when we endure things, we tell everyone about every detail. But that puts the weight on the other people as well. Sure there’s a balance. But some things in life are so much better for all if we would just bear them on our own, without involving everyone in the details of the little hindrances and irritabilities.Sometimes being patient and quiet in the little things can be such a quiet encouragement to others.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-6

It’s funny how a simple thing like a boy getting a haircut can be a picture of something a bit bigger than that. I am thankful for the visual, and for the photo that captured the moment when I was learning more about patience and love from my 10 year old son.

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