“I like your jacket.” My husband didn’t hear the compliment from the flight attendant as he boarded the plane, so he repeated, “I like your jacket! It’s retro…in a good way. Members Only label! You could get a good price for it on eBay.”
We hadn’t realized we had such a treasure. My husband had assumed it was rather old-fashioned since he’s had it for maybe 15 years and probably got it second-hand even then. To us, its value is in its practical use, but it’s nice to know that it’s not dowdy after all .
I’m amazed at how God provides for us. Often when hanging up the laundry, I give thanks for this or that garment, or all of them which suit us so well and have been provided in amazing ways.
Why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
…These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (from Matthew 6:28-33)
Speaking of “lilies of the field”—I am delighting in the glorious wildflower displays here in Texas. God’s creative genius and beauty on display! Here are some I saw yesterday.
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)