As I was going through my closet to start removing some clutter, I couldn’t help but notice that I had to get rid of a lot of articles of clothing that just didn’t fit right anymore. At first it was discouraging because the clothes that didn’t fit was a reminder of my failures. I started to beat myself up because I let myself become heavier than I desired.
Why is it that millions of women hold on to clothes in their closet that they will never wear? Isn’t it because we one day hope to fit into it again? Maybe it is because we hope for a change and expect it to happen in a certain way or size.
I seen this as an opportunity for the Lord to speak to me about the analogy of my clothes not fitting.
He spoke to my heart that just as I no longer fit into those clothes, I am no longer going to fit into my own plan. I needed to let go of the clothes I wore in the past.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self (old clothes that don’t fit anymore), which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;;to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self,created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
Okay I will speak plainly now. I have a prodigal son whom I dearly love and cherish and hold onto. Over the years I could feel our relationship becoming more and more constricted as I would try to fit into his heart. I have tried to cover over him, to zip him up and hold onto him like he was my favorite object of affection. Yet it didn’t fit. It became only a reminder of what a failure I have been as a mom, and the weight of that thought was enough to bust a few seams.
In Bible terms, our clothing is a fitting symbol of our way of life. As with natural clothing, if our clothes are too tight then I think it means our way of life is some how constricted, as if we put God in a box, and we can’t quite see how we can ever fit into the plan He has for us.
It is what or who we hold onto that holds us back.
I have become attached to things/people that don’t quite fit anymore. No matter how hard I lay on the bed to button up the jeans, it has become too uncomfortable to wear. I am just not fitting into the old ways of giving in to the cravings, for the love I hoped to have from my son. I just need to let it go and give it away. Likewise I am letting go of the things I can not change, and giving it to God.
The best part of giving it to God, is His provision in return.
He then gives us a new wardrobe that is more fitting for us.
“Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise” him. (Psalm 33:1)
Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! (Psalm 147:1)
When I fit into the clothes He provides me, then I no longer cling to clothes that no longer fit. Instead I can embrace the growth in my life. And throwing off all those negative thoughts that don’t fit in the mind of Christ’s child.
I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem” (Job 29:14)
“I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10)
Now that I got rid of those clothes, those old ways of thinking, those old habits, may I come over to your house and help you make more space for the garments of praise that God has for you? If millions of women are dealing with this issue, maybe you are one of them.
And one look in your closet, I can see you also have things you have no intention of getting rid of. You are hoping you will one day fit into the good ole days of your past too. Or maybe you have a different reason why you just can’t let go. I know some people who have clothes in their closet with the tags still on them. If that is you, then maybe you are trying too hard to fit in. Perhaps it is not who you really are.
So here is a challenge. Go to your closet and take a peek. Examine what lies on the hangers of your heart.
If there are clothes too big and you feel you could drown in them, then give your fears and inadequacies to God.
If there are clothes too tight, then take a deep breath and let the control go.
If there are clothes that are soiled, then you may need to change some habits or old ways of thinking. Just drop your soiled clothes off at the Loving Launderer and He will make them white as snow.
Once you have taken an honest evaluation of what you are holding onto, start praying and ask the Lord to help you to release and peace will soon be yours. Comment below if you took the challenge to examine what you have hanging.
Hang your treasures in Heaven!
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