Garments And Crowns

“Put your toe on your nose.  Put your nose…on somebody elses’ noOOoose…

…And you keep it there all day!”  (The Laurie Berkner Band)

My mind has been spinning in a whirlwind of thoughts today…and this song (Pig On Her Head, by the Laurie Berkner Band) is playing on “repeat song” in my head!  I love singing it with Sketch. He gets the biggest grin and I find it exceptionally cute when he actually takes his toe and puts it on his nose as he sings the song .

At age 5, it isn’t so unusual to put your toe on your nose…but I have no reason to believe that age 25, Sketch won’t still put his toe on his nose when he sings this song!   If he does, that would be a bit unusual…that would get people’s attention, I’m sure!

From unusual… to Adorable

There are many things that he does right now that result in numerous gazes of  the people that we happen to come across throughout a day.

Like singing to himself… or singing loudly (usually Brooke Frasers songs) Proclaiming  praises to God, without fear.

From offensive… to Inspiring

People just look at him and smile at his innocence.

“What is he singing?” a teacher recently asked.

“It is a song by Hillsongs” I reply.

From isolated… to Opportunity

And of course, his unhindered emotions brings a lot of opportunity to say a word or two to the many admiring onlookers… (you can read about his unhindered joy in a previous post, here). Sometimes though, it isn’t so easy to see the beauty in what is going on.

Sometimes the treasure comes from something less fortunate. Like a fear.

Sketch has been terrified of ceiling fans, which causes many problems when he must pass through a room/store with one hanging in the center of it!  He would just freeze…and stare.  I can only imagine he is wondering if it will fall on his head…  But lately, he has been becoming more curious about them…more daring.  At church in our sanctuary, there are ceiling fans that are painted to match the color of the ceiling.  They fascinate Sketch. He has wanted to go in and sit in there so he can look at them.  At first he’d just stare at the fans, but lately, he doesn’t seem to notice them that much and is more interested in looking at other things in the room.

From trembling… to Bravery

Sometimes it takes a little work.  Sometimes we have to blow off some dust or dirt first, before the treasure is revealed.

Like when we suffer a loss or  when a traumatic event occurs in our lives.  Over time we can look back and see how God used that for our good and His glory.

From tragedy… to Treasure

And sometimes we can’t…

Sometimes we need some help, and our wonderful Counselor is just the person.

He loves to blow the ash and soot off of us when we’re in a fiery trial, to reveal the beautiful creation he’s working on underneath.

 

From ashes… to Beauty

Isaiah 61: 1-3 (NIV)

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.

If we let him, He will do it...

But there is always that part of the deal where we have something to do… we need to accept what God’s offering. We have to put on the garment of praise. We have to wear the crown of beauty that he placed on our head.  We need to take off that garment of shame and despair and mourning, etc., and believe that we are the Kings’ daughters, as He has said.

Garments

It’s time for a change of apparel, it seems

These garments no longer fit

The dark sweats of shame do not compare

to the beautiful garments of praise


My Savior has wrapped me in new clothes today

They are beautiful, made for royalty

It is hard to imagine  how He intended

These gem-laden garments for me


The crown of beauty is on my head

The oil of joy flowing down

As God claimed me as one of his own

The spirit of despair was cast down.


He’s turned my tragedy to treasure

He took my filthy ash-covered self

Wiped off my face and my head and my heart

He Replaced it with heavenly wealth

 

 

Garment of Praise

Inspired by Beth Moore’s Breaking Free Bible Study

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. fiona2107 said,

    November 4, 2010 at 3:16 AM

    Just beautiful Merri, as always 🙂

    Some interesting trivia for you….I used to be in the Hillsong choir and have been on one of their albums…

    My room mate used to pick Darlene’s daughters up from school and

    I sat behind Brooke Fraser on a flight from New Zealand to Australia and she is absolutely lovely!

  2. Merri Lewis said,

    November 4, 2010 at 7:44 AM

    Fi!!! WOW! I am so impressed 🙂 Both my boys have been in total fascination (like since age 1.5! with Hillsongs and Darlene 🙂 We have like all their DVD’s/music! Which one are you on? Sketch totally agrees about Brooke being lovely 🙂 He sees many people here that fit her general description! On “Hope” when Darlene reads the psalm, Dash would come from any area in the house (great hearing) to watch her read that! He would have this mesmerized look on his face that was soooo adorable!

    Well, that settles it! We must come to Australia and NZ for a visit 🙂 Our kids would be best friends immediately 🙂


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