Purple Nail Polish – A Lesson in Obedience to God
I posted the following as a note on Facebook, recently, and I felt I should share it here, on my blog, as well.
A while ago, I tried on some purple nail polish. I usually don’t go for dramatic colors on my nails anymore, and in fact, don’t wear nail polish very often at all. But on this day, I thought I’d give it a try. I wasn’t sure if my husband would like it, and while applying it, I did wonder what he would think, but I put it on anyway.
Turns out he didn’t like it. I said I’d remove it later, at first intending to wait until later that night. But knowing he didn’t like it made the color on my nails bother me, and after a couple of minutes I found myself hurrying to remove it – just wanting it gone so that my nails would look the way he liked them again – natural.
To most people, nail polish is such a trivial thing: but there’s a lesson in here.
There are times we do things that we’re not sure God will like. We may even wonder what He would think of what we’re thinking of doing. But if we’re unsure, we shouldn’t just plough ahead anyway…we should find out first, and if He wouldn’t like it – don’t do it. There are times when we will have done something that God doesn’t approve of, and He will let us know – how we handle that is important. We shouldn’t be like the world, who would get indignant and say, “It’s such a small thing, get over it, I want to have my way just a little bit here and there.”
Instead our hearts should be saying (and not just our lips), “I’m sorry, Lord, Your opinion matters to me more than my own.” And then we should haste to correct our ways the best we can…and leave the rest in God’s hands, trusting Him to help us change the things that we cannot change on our own.
Am I strange, am I peculiar for how I responded to this nail polish incident? By the worlds standards, yeah. But by God’s standards, I think not.
You see, this flamboyant, attention getting colour on my nails represents a stain of worldliness. And that’s something that there should not be in the heart or the flesh of a Christian. What there should be is an eagerness for a wife to submit to her husband – to make sure all she does pleases him, and for all Christians to submit to God…valuing His opinion not just above the opinions of other men – but above ones own opinion if it differs from God’s, allowing God to change every facet of us to reflect Himself.
In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands.
1 Peter 3:1a (NLT)
For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God,
and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself,
above all the nations that are upon the earth.
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel,
with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
1 Timothy 2:9-11
Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles,
expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes.
You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within,
the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.
This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful.
They trusted God and accepted the authority of their husbands.
1 Peter 3:3-5 (NLT)
To summarize, we must love God more than we love having our own way. We must obey God in the small things as well as in the big. And if and when we stumble, we must hurry to get up again – but not just to get up, but to wash away the dirt that accumulated along the way. God’s opinion should matter so much to us that once we know something we’re doing is something He doesn’t like, it bothers us so much that we can’t rest until we’ve taken what action we can to make it right.