NINE-YEAR-OLD Kamryn Renfroe was kicked out of her Colorado elementary school. . .
She was told she couldn’t come back to class—at least until she either put on a wig, or her hair grew back.
Kamryn had shaved her head, and so the administration disciplined her.
It was an obvious dress code infraction.
She had blatantly broken the rules of Caprock Academy.
The school’s dress code requires uniformity and that all students adorn themselves in a non-distracting fashion.
But what could be more distracting than a bald-headed little girl in class?
As it turned out, Kamryn didn’t shave her head to create a scene or contravene the rules.
Hers was not an act of violation, but compassion.
She shaved her head to become like her friend–Delaney.
Eleven-year-old Deleany Clements suffered from neuroblastoma—a deadly form of childhood cancer.
Kamryn saw that her friend had the only bald head at Caprock, so she decided to support and encourage her lonely, hurting friend by essentially becoming just like her at her own school.
Delaney loved it.
She said, “It made me feel very special and that I’m not alone.”
Isn’t that what our friend (John 15:13-15) Jesus did for us, too?
We all suffer from the deadly form of spiritual cancer (e.g., sin) with no hope of survival (Romans 3:10, 23).
But instead of just watching us suffer in silence, Jesus “shaved his head” metaphorically speaking, by taking on flesh and manifesting Himself in human form.
He became one of us.
He identified himself with us.
No, He didn’t take on our cancer too (Heb. 4:15), but yes–He did come and share in our struggles.
Since He came as one of us, Jesus knows exactly what we are going through.
He understands when we are tired (Galatians 6:9), or lonely (John 6:66; Matthew 26:56), or sad (John 11:35; 1 Thessalonians 5:16), or tempted (Hebrews 4:15).
If Deleany felt special when Kamryn became like her, how do you feel as you realize Jesus became like you?
Think about it.
“God loves you and I love you and that’s the way it’s gonna be!” – Mike