The Ultimate Cover-up

by Rebecca Barlow Jordan

“You forgave the guilt of your people–yes, you covered all their sins.” Psalm 85:2 NLT

I never intended for it to be a cover-up. It was only an innocent mistake.

Several years ago I returned to my roots–in more ways than one. Yes, I’m back to brunette again. The blond was actually the result of a beauty salon mistake a few years prior to that: a dryer, processing gentle highlights, failed to work correctly.

How could I resolve the problem of hair, now with multi-colors? Only a complete cover-up would do. I liked the end result, so I kept it. Do blondes really have more fun? The only problem was, the cover-up didn’t hold. It took more cover-ups as the roots grew out. The more cover-up jobs we tried, the blonder I got–and the less “natural” I looked.

More cover-ups are never a permanent solution.

But deciding to go natural has its own problems, too. After so many cover-up applications, how do you mix the old and the new without your hair looking…striped as it grows out? The remedy, I was told, was yet another cover-up–this time, back to my roots, to the original color. That way, as the gray appears, the hair will look more natural. But covering up the blonde with brunette left reddish hues. Not as natural as I had hoped.

Strange thing about cover-ups: they may work for a little while. But sooner or later the real colors emerge. But hair is not the real issue here.

Most of us have tried a few cover-ups in our lives. I spent several years early on trying to “cover-up” some of my mistakes. Not fun, is it? Eventually, the real colors show through. Under the expert x-ray light of the Holy Spirit, layer upon layer is gradually exposed until the cover-up colors are completely gone.

God has done His own cover-up job for us. The mistakes we thought would define who we were or how we would live have been completely covered under the blood of Christ. His death gave us new peace and new life, one in which our super-natural colors could flourish. He put an end to any further cover-up attempts on our part.

I’ve decided on no more future hair coloring cover-ups, even though I agree with Robert Browning who once said, “My business is not to remake myself, but make the absolute best of what God made.” Some of us are simply trying to make the best of what God made.

But I can truly say that hair color has nothing to do with how much enjoyment we find in life. Matthew 23:12 (MSG) says, “Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty.”

The only thing that really matters about this entire conversation is the ultimate cover-up Jesus provided, and whether we accept it or not. It is tied to a full, enjoyable, and meaningful life: “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]” (John 10:10 AMP).

With Jesus’ divine application, there’s no need for any more cover-ups. It’s definitely a permanent solution.

© 2011, Rebecca Barlow Jordan, Used by permission.

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IMG_7350About the author: Rebecca Barlow Jordan is a day-voted follower of Jesus who loves to paint encouragement on the hearts of others. She has authored and contributed to over 20 books and written over 2000 articles, greeting cards, and other inspirational pieces. Rebecca also loves gardening, visiting with her children and grandchildren, reading great fiction, and fishing with her husband. Find Rebecca and her encouraging blog at

From deepening your walk with the Lord to strengthening your relationships with others … mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and women everywhere will find page after page of powerful spiritual encouragement within Rebecca’s Day-votions for Women: Heart to Heart Encouragement.

Join the conversation: How has leaning into God’s cover-up of you changed the way you live?

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