I was looking at a post on the internet about what women over 50 should be wearing and what hairstyles should have. Each one of us has been made differently and we enjoy different things and we have different gifts and talents. We look different, we think differently and we express thoughts and emotions differently. There are an estimated 7,7 billion people on earth and every single one has a different fingerprint. Not one thinks and acts exactly the same as anyone else. Not even identical twins are exactly the same. That’s how God planned things to be.
So, if I am not exactly the same as anyone else why does the media and popular culture try putting me in the same box as another bunch of people. We get fashion for over 50’s and make-up for people who are in their 30’s and music for young people. Even church services for older folk. And do you know what the scary part of all these labels is? We believe them and we willingly get into their stupid boxes! We believe that people over 50 shouldn’t be wearing bright colours or blue sandals or flowers in our hair or whatever it is everyone is shouting about. We believe that if we use a certain moisturiser or anti-wrinkle cream we are going to look younger, but even though we look younger we are still going to follow the rules for our age because that’s the right thing to do. Seriously? Are we going to allow people to make up rules for us? People who sit somewhere in an office and are paid to sell magazines, cosmetics, jewellery or clothing are doing what they do best in order to make some company a big profit.
Psalm 139:13 – 16 For You formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skilfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.
If God formed us in our mother’s womb, if He is the one who made us ‘fearfully and wonderfully, shouldn’t we be asking Him what we should wear and what we should do instead of following whatever fashion or culture dictates? I am not saying that there’s anything wrong with dressing fashionably, we just shouldn’t get carried away with it and let it become the focus of our lives.
God has a dream for each one of us. He has a plan that is so special that we wouldn’t believe the whole plan if we got to see it all at once.
Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Song of Solomon 2:14 O, my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
Imagine being in that secret place with God, and He tells us everything that He has planned for us. He tells us how much He loves us and how special we are. Just think of the intimacy we are missing with God because we spend so much time worrying about material things. Each one of us has things that we do and things which we allow to steal time from us that we could have been spending with God and hearing His voice and doing His will. I am going to make a plan to spend more time with God. Not because I am worthy to be in His presence, not because I did anything right, or didn’t do anything wrong, but because Jesus died for me and I have been made righteous by His blood. I have the right to come right up to God’s throne and pour out my heart to Him and hear His heart for me because of Jesus’ sacrifice for me. Let us pay less attention to what the world expects of us and pay more attention to God’s great love for us.