When my daughter lived at home we liked to watch the show “What Not to Wear” . We would laugh at some of it, almost cry at other times but for the most part we thoroughly enjoyed seeing people transformed to s better version of themselves.
I always felt I could have been a great candidate for the show. Fashion has never been my talent but I do like it, maybe that’s why when watching the show I felt better knowing I wasn’t the only one walking around looking like a hot mess.
Some of the people on the show would go along with all the adjustments enjoying the guidance and fully embrace the change. Others would get upset and not trust the process, they would argue and insist their way was better until one of the experts would point out that their friends/family did get them on the show. They would then allow their clothing to be put in a trash can. Then off they would go with the experts to shop for clothing that would complement the body parts that should be shown and hide the problem areas. They would be shown how to apply make up and get a great hair cut/style that brought out their best features. At the end they would walk a little taller and keep their head a little higher. After they saw their new reflection they would not believe it was them.
I would like to think I would go along happily but if I think about it, in life I can be hardheaded, stubborn and think I know what is best. I tend to think that the master designer needs some guidance on how things should be. I can hold on to things that should be tossed, not wanting the new.
Change can be so scary. Clearing out the old and embracing the new can be so terrifying that we might need time to say good-by. We might need time to mourn so that when those tears are dry are faces can be cleaned and makeup applied showing our best features. If we leave our life in the hands of the expert it can happen. We can be that better version of our self that God always new was there. He just needed us to let go and cooperate.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”