25-26"If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don't fuss about what's on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds. 27-29["Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.]
Here I am sitting at Shari's, just finished eating a yummy breakfast. I decided to bring my Bible and have my quiet-time with God here. I have a busy day ahead so I thought it will be good to take time to stop and not feel rushed. God is so good. I was given a seat near a window that overlooks the water, it truly is a beautiful day today. I have been reading Matthew and today, for some reason, a scripture that I have read many times really touched my heart deeply. So here is my prayer:
Dear God, as I reflect upon the scripture this morning, I couldn't help but look out the window and imagine You dressing the grass, putting colors on the leaves, letting the water be still. There is a bit of fog along the shoreline. Maybe it's the fact that I don't have my glasses, but it's adds a sense of peace to the scenery. I could sit here all day and stare at it. I wish that a vision like that will be in front of me all day, it brings such peace. Then I see the leaves as they turn colors, it's so pretty. Your scripture says that You dress all of creation, Wow! I love how it says that ten best dressed men and women will look shabby alongside the very creation that you dress. You are the master of true beauty.
I can only imagine what I will look like if I allowed You to dress me everyday, rather than the clothes I often take pride in, allow You to really dress me. I desire to be beautiful, to feel beautiful, to look beautiful. It hit me this morning that if You dress me I will be more than beautiful, I will be radiating, I will be captivating, I will be breathtaking, I will be gorgeous...truly an eye stopper. All sides of me will display in such a way that it will be eye catching, I will look calm, I will look peaceful. Yet God, I often rebel and want to dress myself and wonder why is it that I don't feel beautiful, why is it that I am unhappy, why is it that my clothes feel so heavy and not light, why is it that although I felt good when I got dress, I start wondering if I look alright. I start feeling insecure, ugly.
I wish I could everyday realize that if You don't dress me, I will not be truly beautiful. It's funny how often my daughter wants to dress herself, she has no real sense of fashion but she wants to dress herself and although she may get complements it's nothing like when I dress her. There is something about when I dress her and comb her hair that makes her look so pretty. In fact she will go to someone and say "look, I did my own hair" or "picked out my own outfit". Normally, the most encouraging response she gets is "wow, I can tell."
I bet that is what happens spiritually. When You dress me, it is obvious; when I dress myself it's obvious as well. One looks well put together; the other, very immaturely done.
I pray to remember that unless You dress me I will be looking a bit shabby.
Thank you Lord for this reflection time and may I walk today as a women that has been clothed by her Father in Heaven with a radiant appearance that comes from the security that my dad will always make sure I look beautiful if I let Him pick out my clothes!!!
I love you and sorry for every time I don't trust your fashion expertise, your daughter