Purple, pink, and yellow striped. Shiny satin and lace and completely impractical, the kind of dress an adoring father buys without consulting the family budget. Lavish. When I opened it as a girl, I remember trying to hide my delight. Trying to be not my age. I’m sure I failed.
I loved that dress and remember the disappointment when all of a sudden my body betrayed me and I outgrew it. I’d become to tall and not a little girl anymore. I don’t know what happened to the dress, whether it was stored away or given away. I wish I’d saved it knowing now what I wish I’d known then.
Dads care about clothing. Well…good dads care about clothing. They care that their daughters reflect who they truly are, cherished ones with a strong protector. Every daughter should get a surprise gift sometime in their lives, a beautiful dress from their dads. Clothing is such a tangible display of a love that cherishes.
Now I find I don’t wear clothing to reflect much, I wear it to attract much. Attract friends, attention, praise, a coveted business class upgrade (it’s never happened). But, I’m reminded this week that God clothes me to reflect Himself and my identity as belonging to Him. What’s even better is I’m still me! His covering makes me more beautiful than I could ever be on my own!
God clothes me and covers me with much more than clothes to reflect His freely bestowed and lavish grace. There’s nothing I need to attract anymore.
What does it look like to reflect Him in my actual clothing though? In my daily life? In my speech and in my responses?
I’m still pondering that one! I’m pretty sure it means beautiful so I’m excited.