I just couldn’t help but overhear what they were saying. The three silver-haired ladies were at the dress rack next to the clearance items I was perusing. Their conversation began innocently.
“Oh Mildred, you would look good in this,” commented Lady Number One, as she held up a modest green dress. Lady Number Two agreed, “Oh my, yes.”
Mildred, who seemed to hold the trio’s seniority, responded, “Well, now, it’s interesting you’d say that. I already have a dress in that same style, only it’s blue.”
Ladies Number One and Two smiled and nodded in tandem. Mildred continued, “I’m going to be buried in it.”
I’ll admit it was at this point that I began to eavesdrop. And I’m glad I did. I would have hated to miss what came next.
“I’ll have to lose a little weight first,” Mildred concluded.
My brain desperately tried to comprehend what I’d just heard. Let me get it straight: this sweet little lady has to lose weight before she can die?
Now this is merely my humble opinion, but I think we’re getting into a weird area when you have to diet before you can die. Surely there’s a more simple solution: elastic, perhaps?
Still, there is something to be said for preparing to meet your Maker. The Bible gives great counsel in that regard, but as far as I can tell, none of it has to do with scales or fashion.
Unless you consider the believer’s pre-burial wardrobe, as outlined in Colossians 3:12-14: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
I don’t know if Mildred is still alive, or if her body has been laid to rest in her blue dress. What I do know is that each of us will one day be called into God’s glorious presence, where the perishable will be clothed with the imperishable (1 Corinthians 15:53, 54). Until that moment, we can choose to wear love.
And love always fits.
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