Friday, March 18, 2016

Cartwheel Clothes


Fraulein Maria and her grand idea to make play clothes out of old curtains - my favorite part in The Sound of Music. Especially when the hunky Captain von Trapp puts his stink on it, the moment his onscreen chemistry with Maria gets sizzly...

"Do you mean to tell me that my children have been roaming about Salzburg dressed up in nothing but some old drapes?" he says all hoity-toity in the most delicious British accent.

"Mmm hmm, and having a marvelous time!" Maria replies in her equally-delicious accent. ("Now, let's kiss!" was her next thought, I'm certain.)

You tell him, Maria. Those play clothes rocked. It's not like you left the curtain rod in. (I see you, Carol Burnett.) Well played.

The curtain clothes represented cartwheels, laughter, hills that are alive, and a whole lot of do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do. The old uniforms? Rules, confinement, shrieking whistles, and probably a lot of math. 

The von Trapp kids were finally able to do what they were put on earth to do. As if God himself picked out their outfits, clothing them in God swag, in "garments of praise instead of a spirit of despair." (Isaiah 61:3) Old to new.

What about God, how does he dress himself? Psalm 104:2 says he wraps himself in light. In light! And what about his ultimate outfit? His human body outfit? The moment in history when the one thing God had yet to experience came to pass. That calendar-changing event when he came to earth and put on what makes a person, well, a person...and wore skin. Skin that could feel both pain and a good back scratch. A human being who experienced both rejection and the warmth of a cozy chat over coffee.

Hebrews 4:15 says, "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet did not sin."

I like the "we have" part of that verse. We have him. He is ours to have. He is our "most careful and tender guide; the most thoughtful anticipator of our needs; and the most skilled and supernatural sculptor of our circumstances." -Streams in the Desert

So if you're not sure what to wear tomorrow, have I...got a stylist...for YOU! I mean, you could make something cute with your curtains (my Nana certainly could!), but why not choose the outfit God picked out? Not only will it be breathable, flattering, and roomy enough to do a perfect-10 cartwheel, but the very fabric is made out of salvation, offering the kind of fit that'll make you the you-est of yous!

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