Today I wore a pretty *spectacular* outfit. I say spectacular, but I guess that’s a pretty subjective term.
It was bright.
It involved the colours pink, red, blue, orange, mustard yellow, purple and grey. All of them.
It also involved two different sets of stripes and some squirrel print. Yep, squirrel.
My friend’s were a little amused. Maybe more than a little. I give them full credit for still being proud to be seen with me. But what has continued to amuse us throughout the rest of the day has been the reaction of random passers by. We clocked at least a handful of separate individuals who, on different occasions, walked towards us looking stoney faced, visibly caught glimpse of my clothes, and then burst into really obvious smiles. Seriously. It was so obvious it made us laugh all the more. We went to book some treatments at a beauty-spa place today for Becca’s birthday and the woman gave me a deal which offered us more than half price off. The guy serving us at the restaurant tonight gave me my main course for free. Now, I’m not solely putting these last two circumstances down to bright clothes (actually, I’m thanking Jesus), but I definitely think we’ve seen bright colours bring some joy…
Here’s what I’m talking about…
It actually took me back to yesterday. My reflections on the overflowing, deep, ocean-like, love of God. And the way in which we can’t keep it inside. Because it’s just so boundless. His love changes everything. And we are never the same. We wear it about us and in us and on us and it shines and radiates in all the brightness and vibrancy of Holy Spirit. It changes us, but it was never meant to stop there, this love of God. Because He brings resurrection to so much more.
I wish I found it as easy to rest in this love and allow it to overflow, as I did to wear bright clothes.
My thoughts right now fall to Psalm 145. Which is this declaration of the character and heart of God. In the Message Bible it puts it like this:
I lift you high in praise, my God, O my King!
and I’ll bless your name into eternity.
I’ll bless you every day,
and keep it up from now to eternity.
God is magnificent; he can never be praised enough.
There are no boundaries to his greatness.
Generation after generation stands in awe of your work;
each one tells stories of your mighty acts.
Your beauty and splendor have everyone talking;
I compose songs on your wonders.
Your marvelous doings are headline news;
I could write a book full of the details of your greatness.
The fame of your goodness spreads across the country;
your righteousness is on everyone’s lips.
God is all mercy and grace—
not quick to anger, is rich in love.
God is good to one and all;
everything he does is suffused with grace.
Creation and creatures applaud you, God;
your holy people bless you.
They talk about the glories of your rule,
they exclaim over your splendor,
Letting the world know of your power for good,
the lavish splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is a kingdom eternal;
you never get voted out of office.
God always does what he says,
and is gracious in everything he does.
God gives a hand to those down on their luck,
gives a fresh start to those ready to quit.
All eyes are on you, expectant;
you give them their meals on time.
Generous to a fault,
you lavish your favor on all creatures.
Everything God does is right—
the trademark on all his works is love.
God’s there, listening for all who pray,
for all who pray and mean it.
He does what’s best for those who fear him—
hears them call out, and saves them.
God sticks by all who love him,
but it’s all over for those who don’t.
My mouth is filled with God’s praise.
Let everything living bless him,
bless his holy name from now to eternity!
I love that. How can you not love that? ‘Everything God does is right. The trademark of all His works is love.’
That’s such beauty. Such truth. Such love.
Now, as I’ve been typing this I just had the most beautifully cute and wonderful composition sent to me by two of my fake little sisters. They have rewritten me the lyrics of ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone’… This is the best thing ever. And pretty thematical.