By Kathi Pelton
Have you ever tried to change the clothes on a baby that would not lay still? Most of us moms have gone through this process more times than we can count. It is like a wrestling match that makes the whole process drawn out much longer than it needed to be. I remember that there were times, after some sort of “baby blow out”, that was followed by one of these wrestling matches. As they struggled (resisting my nurturing help) I wondered if my baby even cared that he was covered in filth and that his resistance was only making it worse. Did he not want to be clean? Did he not want to smell fresh again? Did he not want to feel the comfort of new garments?
Does this sound familiar? Are some of you going through a season that God is asking you to be still? Though this stillness may be an internal stillness of your soul rather than an external stillness from physical activity, it still seems to insight a fight or wrestle in most people. We resist the very hand that has come to help us, nurture us and make us clean.
Maybe it is just that, like babies, we don’t know that the garments of our soul have become soiled by the accuser? Or maybe we don’t like to stripped of what we have gotten comfortable in. Or maybe it is just that we hate to be still and trust the hand that is changing us!
Many of God’s children are in a time of “being changed.” You may have merely outgrown the garments you have been wearing and need new ones that fit who you have become and the development you have gone through. Do not fight the process but trust the hand that is washing you and putting néw garments upon you.
When my kids were babies I would often stop between the removing of one garment and the dressing them in a new one to get lotions or oils and give them a massage. At first they’d often begin trying to flip over to get away but once my hands began to massage their little feet, legs, hands and arms they would lay back in absolute peace. When it was done they were so relaxed that dressing them was easy.
God may be doing the same thing for you. He has not only removed the soiled garments and washed you but he is restoring peace and relaxation— rest for you over-active soul. He is restoring trust so that you will receive all that is in his hands for you. He is cleansing, purifying, anointing, healing and changing your garments.
The winter garments are about to be changed into garments suitable for spring! Some of you are having grave clothes removed and adorned in “Easter” (resurrection) outfits. The black and white— even grey outdoor scenery is preparing to receiving a makeover. Leaves will suddenly appear, blossoms will appear and the grass will turn green once again. The land will give you a preview of what is happening inside of your heart and soul. His Spirit is moving inside of you to bring forth new life!
Though you do not see it now, be still because your fight and wrestle is only delaying the birthing of this new season. Take time to enjoy his tender touch, his washing and then watch and see what he has chosen to adorn you in. Even the angels have gathered all around you to assist and to watch the beauty that comes forth in you. Get still and receive from his tender hand.
“Be still and know that I am God…”
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