You wear Mine and you catwalk Me


Memory jogs.

When a word, sound, or “something here” jogs a memory “over there” and then the result is “1 + 1 + 1 = 111,000” kind of stuff.

“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.” Luke 8:16

“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” Matthew 5:15

Those verses were my memory jog “over there”. My second “1”.

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The first “1”?

“When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astounded and said, ‘Then who can be saved?

”Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astounded and said, ‘Then who can be saved?’ But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.’ Then Peter said in reply, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first. Matthew 19:23-30

Riches and the kingdom of heaven. And the classic “camel squeezing through the eye of a needle”! Yay – go camel (not)!

Then who can be saved? Who indeed.

£1,000,000 is rich? To some yes, to others no. A great big house is rich? Ditto. And so the audit of possessions continues. Always the focus on what material possessions I have. The “stuff” we accumulate and purchase. Our own riches.

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So to the third “1” this morning: a simple coat rack. Just a place for hats and scarves and raincoats.

“The coat of pride, Paul?”

And I saw that coat hanging there. Shiny, flashy, expensive, simply the best! My coat – and I realised that I was actually admiring it as I saw the image in my head! And then others – the coat of my skill in this and my mastery in that … The coat rack was full of “my coats”. All of which were variants of my “pride coat”.

”Which one you wearing right now, Paul?”

And I looked down – no coat (phew!!). They were all on the coat rack. All I could see was this glow inside from Him and me together.

”And soon – as you go about your day, your work, your living, Paul … ?”

I will put them on without even realising! Every time I look at something I have done, I own, that is “me”. And every time my outer stuff hides my inner stuff. And every time I hide “my lamp” under a bed – or a bowl – or a clay jar. I do that (and I don’t need any “possessions” at all to do that). Got it Lord!

1 + 1 + 1 = 111,000 … tadah!!

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Hold up a minute …

Then He took my hand and turned me around. There was another coat rack. And every coat on it was luminescent. Glowing. Whispery thin and see through. Beautiful. Desirable. I had never seen this coat rack before.

”You can choose what you “clothe yourself in”, Paul. You can pull on your “me” clothing, or you can “schwooosch” into Mine. You wear yours and you hide Me. You wear Mine and you catwalk Me.”

Wow! It is not either/or – it is either and AND! I thought I only had one: mine or nothing. And if I wore “mine” I was hiding Him – but wearing “nothing”? That is too “perfect for me” – I know I will wear a coat without realising – despite “trying my best” not to.

Now … ? I can clothe myself in Him (if I allow) and still be “not naked”! Got it Lord, Thank You!

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Hold up just one more minute … ”See that camel over there, Paul?”

Whoa Lord – there’s more?

And that “go camel (not)” just flashed its eyes at me – and then “schwooosched” through the eye of a needle … and did it again again (and again)!

How cool is that?!?!?!?

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11 thoughts on “You wear Mine and you catwalk Me

  1. Well, I must be honest – I got only part of this. Will have to meditate a while. The story came to mind of The Emperor’s New Clothes. Putting on our finest Proud Coat, but really tailored in the same way as the Emperor’s.

    And then my thoughts went to, really, the best finery we have is Jesus; the best accessories the fruit of the Spirit. Thanks for bouncing my thoughts around. 🙂

  2. Oh my, Paul. What an amazing piece of insight. Several years ago, God worked with me on the “clothes” I was wearing. I had read Joseph’s story and saw his multi-colored coat as a symbol of pride and the knife in his brothers’ wounds that drove their hatred for him. I wondered what my “multi-colored coat” was. God revealed to, over time, the offensive pieces of my “wardrobe”.

    Then He fed me this verse: “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” (Colossians 3:12).

    If I were to be a true child of God, I needed to dress like I was in His family.

    I went through my closet and put all those “old clothes” in the toss pile. They were too worn and used to donate. Plus, I didn’t want anyone to have to wear my pride or envy or greed.

    I know I still have garments in my closet I need to toss. And as God works with me and through me, my wardrobe becomes filled with garments He designs. I’m definitely not a model, nor anything close to catwalk material. But in His fashions, I feel beautiful. So yes, I will catwalk Him, too, Paul.

    Thank you so much for this. Wow. Your brain-heart-GSHJ-Spirit connection amazes me.

    • Surfing again! Splashing in the surf and just “doing what He created us for” – wow!” This is really cool! hello Heather – again!! 🙂

      This one took me by surprise! Always in my head the “do not clothe yourself in you” – the conclusion being “walk naked before your God”. And it was “that bit” He addressed here (hindsight learning coming up …).

      That if I am clothed I feel confident out and about “living each day”. Yet here in the privacy of just Him and me, naked feel natural and great. What I realised here is that I default to “wearing something” when I am out and about – and had always reached for my shabby coat rack and pulled on “something” – then felt guilty when I realised later.

      And this “new coat rack” – WOW! I can clothe myself (up to now a “bad thing” in my mind), go on my “out and about” not naked – BUT wearing this brilliant choice of Love(s) frim His Love coat rack!

      Honestly heather – I never knew I had that odd “scramble of thinking” in my head. yet He did, and here was His invitation: do not be naked, do be confident, do clothe yourself – here are your outfits (no guilt required).

      And like you – I know I will keep a few of mine tucked away. And like you – He doesn’t seem to object, but I do seem to have chucked more away than I realised over the past “????” (unspecified time period).

      Your comments helped Him get that through my think head even more simply! Thank you!!

      See you tonite??

  3. I don’t know that I followed it all , but my thought goes to someone saying to me that, I had lied about who I really was. The changing coat thing made me think of it. Anyway, I could see we put on a different coat based on who maybe looking. Anyway, I remember thinking, I didn’t lie about who I was, this person failed to see me/Him. Maybe it is like you say different ways of making hot chocolate. We always think our way is the best.
    It’s hard to ignore your reflection in other peoples eyes. Probably another good reason to keep our focus on Him. Just thinking out loud. Thanks for this.

    • “Just thinking out loud.”
      I love when anyone “just thinks out loud” in these conversation! Thank you Denine.

      And what plopped into my mind as I read your words was – how much we “clothe others” as we meet and talk. Someone says something to me, and I so often react – clothing them with spite, judge, executioner. They might have been wearing any coat they chose – but I covered theirs with mine. And I gave them no choice – they had no choice – the choice to do that is all mine!

      Now that IS a new thought!!
      Thank YOU!
      ((hugs))

      • I had always covered everyone in sunshine and rainbows. They ended up being wolves in sheep’s clothing. There must be a middle ground. Or another thought…. I have been thinking a lot about boundaries. The different ones we create or allow. To some we are bound, to others we create close bonds, and others we may choose to bind/ not letting someone in for our own protection. I have always been too open and some maybe too closed off. This all is probably obvious to most. But I grew up codependent, so the lines got lost. I thought of you didn’t forgive, overlook, or questioned someone you weren’t being loving or thinking the best of others. I found out its a good way to get robbed. I’ll probably end up writhing a post on it. But thank the Lord we sold our house and are moving in less than a week. So now I have to get back to packing. Thinking out loud again. You are such a great listener. : ) blessings.

        • Wheeeeee! House moving! Good for you!! 🙂

          “I thought of you didn’t forgive, overlook, or questioned someone you weren’t being loving or thinking the best of others. I found out its a good way to get robbed.”

          Why?

          That three letter word is a wonder! Placed, used, shared with love it untangles so much. I find it a “connecting question” – no assumptions, no labels, no misunderstandings (that is the theory!). That and honest answers (with love) to others asking “why”. A bridge to relationship!

          Hope your move is peaceful and fun! ((hugs))

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