The sun is shining here and it is a most welcome sight after several days of cold and rain and sleet and gray skies for miles.
But I am not fooled.
It is uncomfortably cold out and I will be donning my long black thermal coat in a half hour to head out to work.
I bought this calf length garment a few years ago and then we have had fairly mild winters so it didn’t get used a lot. I am often moving so fast and am so highly caffeinated that some winters I barely grabbed a coat at all in my rush out the door.
However, the Polar Vortex as we have dubbed this winter trend, has had me pulling that baby out on the daily.
A couple of Saturday’s ago we were going to watch Graham play basketball and since the bleachers are rather crowded, I just grabbed my short jacket for the day.
Every time I got out of the car, the wind and cold enveloped me and I regretted not grabbing that calf length protection I had become accustomed to. I felt the cold and realized how insulated I have become during this unusually harsh winter.
My heart can get like that.
Commercials on TV, the evening “news”, Facebook rants.
Driving amongst cars who all seem to be in an incredible hurry and also feel they must share with the world all manner of disgusting decals.
Every one is offended and offensive and the issues are blurred and confusing.
While politicians argue about their agendas, our interstates are crumbling and laws that are supposedly making life better are forcing us into a world that opposes everything I know that God has said to be truth.
And I want to wrap something very protective around me so that I can stop feeling misunderstood, judged, marginalized and silenced.
But God tells me to take off the protective layers of cynicism and bitterness, remove the self-righteousness that would make me feel buffered…and to put on the flimsy things that will make my heart seem exposed and vulnerable…
As the signs point more towards the winding down of all things here on planet Earth, we know that people will go from bad to worse…and the hardest struggle the people of God will have is to remember that we do not conform to this world, but to the image of Christ who always was and always will be …
This is how we love Him…by loving others well <3
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It is your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. Colossians 3:12 – 14 The Message