A New Identity & Plantain Pancakes

1 Corinthians 11:15 (easy)

But if a woman has long hair, it is beautiful. God gave long hair to her to cover her.

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Can I be really honest with you, and tell you that I personally struggle a lot with the type of language and verbiage used in the Bible in regards to women? I wholeheartedly believe in equal rights for all people, and based on Jesus’ interactions with humans, I think He does too. But I find it really difficult to read certain verses and sections of the Word without allowing my defensiveness to cloud my judgement or ability to even absorb the details.

So you can probably imagine my disdain when I read the verse above. The initial thoughts I had would have been perfect for any feminist graphic tee. But I decided to push through it, mostly because I was doing a Bible Study and I wanted to complete it.

In the Bible study, this verse in 1 Corinthians was actually referenced in regards to a story in Luke 7. Some of you might be familiar with it; it’s the story of the sinful woman who approaches Jesus while He’s having dinner. She uses her tears to wash His feet. After that, she used her hair to dry them. And Jesus acknowledged her, with respect, love, forgiveness. He went as far as honoring her in front of the men who were making judgements about their interactions.

I had to do a little research about this hair verse, because like I said, it rubbed me the wrong way. And while I’d love to pretend that I fully understand the necessity for this statement being placed in Scripture, I don’t. But I did gather a new perspective. At the time of this story, women were judged and identified by their hair. It’s easy to make the leap that a woman with long hair is beautiful, or, her hair makes her beautiful. In some capacity, that hair is a part of her identity. Maybe it’s most of her identity.

We don’t know much about the woman that’s crying at Jesus’ feet, but some scholars have written that she was believed to be a prostitute. This woman was in a place she probably didn’t belong, doing something strange, and already commanded no respect because of her gender, career choices, and place in society. And she proceeds to take the only thing she might have that gives her a respectable identity, her hair, and use as a rag to wipe Jesus’ feet.

I love this woman so much. She’s taken the identity that society has given to her, the thing that is deemed worthy, and she gives it to Jesus. She trusts Him with all of her. Her internal struggle and choices, the sin that’s building up in her heart, and also her external beauty that identifies her.

Isn’t she an incredible example for all of us? There’s so much expected of us in the world; our weight should be consistent and just the right number between not fat and not sickly. Our hair should be the perfect tone and length, without looking broken or damaged. Our skin should be clear and smooth, wrinkle free, but not plastic, like we’re trying too hard. And whether we want to acknowledge it or not, we still very much live in a world where our identities are tied to our appearances, amongst other things.

I experience anxiety regularly over surface level things and worry about how those things will affect and impact my identity and how I’m viewed. But Jesus reminds us that our identities are tied to anything, or anyone, but Him. Sometimes, I feel broken and lost, like I don’t have much to give. I go to Him in prayer and tell Him that I’m empty handed, and He reminds me that the only thing He ever asks of me is myself. When I give my identity to Him and allow my actions to be based on that, I find myself doing the right thing more often than not.

Write

Where do you feel that your identity lies? Is it in your outside appearance, or some of the past choices  you’ve made? What would it feel like to bring that identity to Jesus and offer it up to Him?

Pray

For your identity to be found completely in Jesus.

Plantain Pancakes

3 minPrep Time

4 minCook Time

7 minTotal Time

Serves 1 • 4 Pancakes

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Ingredients

  • 1 plantain
  • 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter or coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons of flour, protein powder, or collagen
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Preheat a skillet or griddle over medium heat
  4. Spray with non-stick cooking spray
  5. Spoon batter onto griddle and cook for 2 minutes on each side
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