Off with the Old

by Peggy Harris W.A.S.H. Board Chair

“…He has covered me with the robe of righteousness.” Isaiah 61:10

When I was a child I was enamored with my mother’s closet full of shoes. I hoped one day to try them on and actually wear them, but alas, when the age arrived, my feet had outgrown my mother’s size. Being tall and having feet to match I’ve learned several things not to do when looking for new shoes. One is to never buy shoes from a catalogue. I would end up returning them because they just did not fit right.

Finding a shoe store locally that carried my size was a challenge. Learning the hard way, when I do find something I like and feels comfortable I must buy it then or usually it’s gone long before a sale arrives. I feel really fortunate when I’m able to find shoes I like on sale and they turn out to be comfortable. I’ve learned that the best place in my area to find shoes is at Nordstrom’s. Even when trying shoes on in the store too often after wearing for a few hours they don’t feel so good anymore. All of which leaves me convinced that women’s shoes are designed by men who dislike women! I have many shoes some of which are marvelously comfortable and too many that are not.

I wish shoes could be like the wonderful robe that Jesus offers each of us. It’s proven to be neat, glorious and comfortable. Just as shoes protect our feet from rough pavement and rocky terrain, so God’s robe protects us as we go through life up the mountains and down into the valleys of despair. Too often we look in all the wrong places to find this satisfying covering or settle for a substitute, which ends up being a waste of time and energy. God’s precious designer garment is only offered in one place, when we approach the King of Glory. He is the one who provides the best and most complete clothing we can ever hope for. This robe of Righteousness is freely given to all who accept Jesus as their Saviour.

Dear Lord, come into my heart today. Clear out all the old rubbish in my heart and mind and put Your new robe on me so that I may represent You more clearly in each day to come.