Then on the twenty-fourth day of this month, the People of Israel gathered for a fast, wearing burlap and faces smudged with dirt as signs of repentance. Nehemiah 9:1 (MSG)
What am I wearing today?
In a culture in which we can choose any number of ways to present ourselves, I find it interesting to think about the ways we choose to reveal our person to those around us. We are made in the image of the Creator. God expresses who He is in everything He does and everything He makes. We, as His children, likewise express who we are in a myriad of unconscious, metaphorical ways. We are inherently creative, and we express ourselves without ever thinking about it.
What am I wearing today? What am I saying to those around me?
Nehemiah and the gang dressed in scratchy burlap and put dirt and ashen make-up on their faces. They expressed their repentance. The burlap expressed that they were poor in righteousness and deserved the uncomfortable consequences of their wrong doings. Their make-up acknoweldged their frail humanity. From the ash and dirt man was created and to the ash and dirt we will return in death.
What am I wearing today? Not just with my clothes, but with my expressions and my affect? Am I expressing who I am, or who I want to be? Am I repenting, or am I celebrating? Am I hiding, or am I revealing?
Time to get dressed.