The other week I was meeting a small group of friends and their children at a park. When I woke up that morning, I was debating about what to wear. While one outfit was more comfortable for the park, I felt the other outfit looked better on. I was trying to think if I owned any comfortable-yet-still-looks-nice clothes in my current wardrobe. (Do you ever struggle with what to wear when meeting friends – even if they are good friends who don’t truly care how you look?)
Since it was occupying my thoughts, I prayed about it before my morning devotions. ‘Lord,’ I asked, ‘do You even care what we wear? If so, speak to me this morning through Your Word.’
I was amazed when my natural progression of reading came to this verse: “Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble'” 1 Peter 5:5.
God does care about the everyday moments we have, I think. While His ways are higher than ours, there are times that I just know that He loves us enough to care even about the smallest details. That morning, I saw “clothe yourselves with humility” as if the Holy Spirit had highlighted it for me. And, in thinking of these precious friends, while each one is beautiful, the thing I love most about them is their spirits. We don’t have to pretend to have it all together; true friends are humble with one another and reveal that we all have faults and need each other as we walk on our journeys.
Micah 6:8 reminds us that “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
There have been many days since that morning that I’ve thought about what outfit I want to choose to wear, and I’m reminded that the first and the last thing I need to put on is humility. After all, I truly need God’s grace!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for caring about us even in the little things like outfits. We know that we’re not to worry about what we wear, since You take care of us. Thanks for the reminder that ‘humility’ is what you expect. Help us to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with respect to You and others. We need Your grace! Thank You, God, for showing us what is good. We love You! In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!