by Amy L. Harden
The silver-haired head is a crown of splendor and glory; It is found in the way of righteousness. Proverbs 16:31 (AMP)
Friends, I proudly celebrate the silver seasoned life our precious Lord has given me, and you can too.
Believe it or not, the rest of our culture is joining the celebration. Did you know it is a new trend to embrace your silver hair? We can thank the pandemic. The inability to go to the hair salon to get a root touch-up forced this exciting new fad upon many unwilling Clairol girls.
For years since L’Oréal created hair color in 1907, we were told that coloring our silver was essential because “You are worth it.” We could keep the world guessing about our natural hair color and age: “Does she or doesn’t she?” Anything to avoid looking old or outdated.
Women have dyed their hair since 500 BC, when the Egyptians applied henna to their hair, while the Romans created plant-based hair dyes. Hair color determined rank or profession in those days, while in modern times, we colored our hair to remain young and beautiful or express our artistic side. Not anymore: forced to go cold turkey on coloring our hair, many women have embraced their silver. Today they join Facebook groups and Instagram pages, cheering one another on as they grow out the grey and embrace their silver.
In Proverbs 16: 31, King Solomon wants us to celebrate our silver for less vain and frivolous reasons. No matter the biblical translation, silver hair was seen as a crown of splendor, a symbol “of living a godly life” (NLT). We can celebrate the grey, as it is “attained in the way of righteousness” (NIV).
In some translations, silver is referred to as “gray,” and I believe this is where women cringe. Most of us have been raised to pluck, cover, and hide those greys until the only saving grace is to color and wash the salt and pepper away.
In today’s verse, King Solomon challenges us to change our perspective to see grey hair as a sign of maturing and a crown of glory: earned through many years of fighting the good fight, growing in God’s Word – learning and living righteously. This is precious and splendid, unlike the media myth of growing old that advertising has thrust on us over the years. Reframing our thinking and dismissing the popular narrative as we get older helps us embrace where we are in our silver season.
This brings me to the term seasoned woman. Recently on Facebook, a fiery discussion broke out about being called a seasoned woman. Frustrated and unsettled, these women couldn’t abide being called seasoned. I thought of several other skin-crawling words that could be applied at this stage of my life; seasoned was not one of them. Then God reminded me of Proverbs 31.
The wisdom of Proverbs refocuses our perspective as women. Seasoned doesn’t mean wrinkled, old, worn out, or haggard. When I hear mature women called seasoned, I think of the Proverbs 31 woman. She is noble. Throughout time, women have experienced much—and can pass their knowledge on. Seasoned women create legacies. Seasoned women are vibrant, active, rounded, and spicy!
Seasoned women, unite! We will usher in the next generation of God-centered – Proverbs 31 women. Embrace it, don’t get hung up on it. King Solomon and King Lemuel were wise men regarding aging and women’s legacy and strength; important enough that they wrote about it in one of the most discerning books ever written.
God still uses silver seasoned women; He calls us to be ready for a time like this.
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About the author: Amy L Harden is an author, wife, mother of five children, and Nanny to four grandchildren. She has written for the United States Navy, Guideposts, Focus on the Family, Christian websites, and blogs. Amy is working on several projects, including her memoir and her first novel. Connect with Amy at her website – AmyLHarden.com, or on Facebook and Instagram.
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