The Wilderness and Providence – Day 2


“Yet the Lord says, “During the forty years that I led you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet.” ~Deuteronomy 29:5

Do you have an article of clothing you have had for a long time and you just can’t part with it(?) is it worn and tattered(?). Some people hang onto articles of clothing for many reasons. Some people are lucky enough that they still fit, some are hoping to lose weight so they can wear the item again, some hold onto clothes knowing they will eventually come back in style. There’s no right or wrong answers to be considered here, just curiosity. Do you think the Israelites noticed that their clothing lasted throughout their forty years in the wilderness. All of their needs were being supplied by God each and every day. I have to admit I have a favorite long sleeve button shirt I absolutely love wearing. I think it’s the cotton fibers and it feels good. It is worn in many places and has been repaired a couple of times where the buttons are attached. So, I have since purchased 2 more shirts like it just in case they go away or out of style (Haha). I also have a half zip hoodie from when I was much younger and playing softball, it has the team logo and my name stitched on it, and it still fits! I have on occasion purged my closet of unwanted items, I have a few favorites and I’m happy. I heard of a story where a man only wears new socks, wears them one day and then toss them. Depending upon your individual preference, it may not be all that expensive giving that you would not be laundering the items. Whatever your preferences, we should be thanking God for His goodness. I would make a small suggestion that if you do decide to rid yourself of unwanted clothing find a place to donate them. Our world has so many needy individuals and families that could prosper mentally, socially and emotionally if given the chance and opportunity. In doing a small act of compassion and charity you are making “Providence” possible for someone else. How awesome would that be!

Matthew 6:25-34
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

What is your oldest article of clothing and what memories does it hold?

Breath Prayer: God cover me with your love and cloth me in your peace.

~Blessings and Peace~