Never underestimate the power of a wardrobe change.
It was a few years ago now, as I was nearing the end of my annual New Year’s 21-day fast that I began to wonder if the absence of solid food had sharpened my hearing from God, or dulled it! Because this, this was unlike any other direction from God that I had ever received.
Where no counsel is, the people fall, without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety, purposes are established.
I shared my thoughts with my husband. He was quite surprised but completely supportive. So next, I shared it with some close friends, and they agreed to pray with us for confirmation.
To do what was in my heart would be a huge step for me. By Day 22, as strange as it seemed, I was certain I had heard from the Lord:
Climb Mt Kilimanjaro and love those along the way.
Because Love asked.
What? I didn’t know anything about Mt Kilimanjaro. But I found out quickly it is the tallest mountain in Africa and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain peak! Sure, no problem! Only I didn’t know anything about hiking either!
My first response was, “Hello! Lord, are you sure you meant that message to come to me? You know, me, the one who is a girly girl, the one who likes long fingernails, beautiful fashions, high heel shoes, and couture hats? Oh, yes, and who if forced to do so, only perspires, as in glistens, no sweating, thank you! (Because it ruins your wardrobe, of course.)”
About that time, one of our friend pray-ers called to say, “You have to get online to God.TV! You have to see this!” As I pulled it up, right there before my eyes was the announcement of their upcoming trip to Mt Kilimanjaro! To make a long story short, I wrote them, told them my story and after a few months, they invited me to be on the team!
But back to my discussion with God. During this unlikely journey, God worked in me in so many unexpected ways! And, would you believe it? It had everything to do with my wardrobe! (Hey, go ahead and laugh. Our loving God speaks to each of us in our love language.)
Never mind that I never even owned a pair of hiking boots in my whole life, we were going shopping for boots. That first pair of boots I bought were just as ugly as you might imagine. They were “functional.” I didn’t wear “functional”; I wore fashionable.
I soon found that I was about to have a major wardrobe make-over, just not the kind that I anticipated! God had a grand transformation planned. As God and I walked the miles together, piece by piece, I discovered my new wardrobe. But didn’t come from any store!
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’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
The team reached the summit on Resurrection Sunday the following year. Feeling an intense urgency to stop in my spirit, I stopped at about 18, 000 feet up, a few hundred meters above the highest camp (which is a story for another time). Even finishing just short of the summit, it was the most inexpressible, amazing journey of a lifetime.
But now you have arrived at your destination: By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God. Your baptism in Christ was not just washing you up for a fresh start.
It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe—Christ’s life, the fulfillment of God’s original promise.
I now live to share these incredible adventures of faith with others, as a writer and a facilitator, leading others on these amazing journeys with God. And not once have our experiences failed to involve a spiritual wardrobe change!
All because Love asked. And we say yes.
I thank you Lord, that every item of my new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with Your label on it.
All the old fashions are now obsolete.
From now on I am defined by Christ, included in Christ, walking as Christ clothed in the robe of His Righteousness.