The clock ticks the seconds…no…the minutes away as I stand and stare into the dark hole I call my closet. Surely the perfect outfit is going to materialize from out of the chaos. The more I flip through each piece the more flustered I get. Tick-tock goes another ten minutes. Amazing! I see all this stuff yet, I have nothing to wear!
I don’t know about you but my closet has sections. Imaginary columns. Column A is tucked into the sinister dark left hand corner and titled, “I’ll Fit Into That Again One Day.” Column B is front and center and called, “The Good Ole Stand-by’s”, this column has stuff in it that’s more than gently used! The final column is located in the semi-sinister right hand corner and titled, “What Was I Thinking When I Bought This?” Some clothing is stuffed where I can stuff it and belongs in a yet to be created column. Please tell me I’m not alone?
I can’t help but think how lucky the priests of Exodus were. They knew what they were going to wear when they served in the Temple. God had given Moses very specific instructions on the garments they were to wear. From head to toe each piece was given considerable detail and each piece was significant. The Israelite’s were in the middle of the desert yet had all they needed to complete an ornately beautiful temple and ornate garments for the priests. How? Right before the Jewish nation was led out of Egypt, led from bondage, God had commanded them to request articles of gold and silver, clothing and supplies from their captors. The Egyptians hearts had been moved to be favorable toward them, urging them even, to take the bounty and go! Unbeknownst to the wanderers, at a time known only to God, they would need all of the items they departed with. God was providing for them even when they didn’t realize it.
We’re told in the gospel’s not to worry what we’ll wear or what we’ll eat. In fact Jesus tells us we’re not to worry at all.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)
Not to say that we sit and do nothing and wait for things to fall into our laps, but that’s another story!
Sometimes as I flip through my clothes I’ll see a top or jacket that was hidden at first and think, that used to be to big, but now…its perfect! Or even better, I’ll spot tags on something brand new, forgotten and never worn and it’s perfect! I don’t think that’s happenstance. If we think God doesn’t look out for every detail of our lives we need to think again. When I do have those times of finding the perfect garment to wear, I thank God for it. There was a time I felt silly for doing so but realized it’s absolutely God’s care for me. Even when it come’s from the, “What Was I Thinking Column.” Even when it’s the dreaded used to be to big but now fits item. At some point in the past I purchased that article of clothing, for the moment that it would be just right. He knows my future. He knows my needs. He knows my heart, and He knows yours. He knows there are some days we just stand and stare. But He provides.
And I always stand amazed.
Thank you Lord for providing us with all that we need to serve You God. Thank You for providing for the least of our needs when we least expect it and that we be mindful of those times, thanking You always. In Jesus name…amen.