Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

“High” Fashion

In my closet hangs an “elderly” aqua top that I cannot part with.  Here’s the story.  Many years ago I needed a plain short-sleeved aqua top to go with a certain split skirt that I could wear for riding a motorcycle to church in various villages  from week to week.  (We’d hire a motorcycle to take the two of us, but sometimes others would ride along, as many as 5 passengers besides the driver!)

I prayed about what I needed and headed for the bins in the nearest store where hundreds of tops were thrown willy-nilly.  And guess what—it was there!  Exactly what I needed—right size, color and style.

It’s fun to see how my Father provides my clothes.  I think He smiles, too, when he sees me find the surprises He’s tucked away for me.

Oh, I also have to mention that  last week, I needed a new pair of black dress shoes as I noticed that mine were pinching my toes.  But before I could get to a shoe store, someone asked us to take bags of clothing to a second-hand store.  And in one of those bags were the perfect black shoes for me.

On the other hand, I’m frustrated in this nomadic life when I can’t find a certain sweater or nightgown or piece of jewelry that I “knew” I’d packed in a certain place.   Lord, please help me to be content with what You provide, not to fret about what I don’t have (or can’t find), and to keep focused on what is important to you.

Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, won’t he clothe you even more, you people of little faith? So then, don’t worry saying, …‘What will we wear?’ For the unconverted pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.         (Matthew 6:28-33 NET)

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