Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Unlikely & Unexpected

So, today's post is another where I managed to find a lesson, and make the connection, between fashion and faith. Here goes...

I have never really thought about pairing these pieces...the celery colored sweater and the leopard scarf. But, I had tried every other scarf in my closet and none of them had worked. So, why not.

When I put it on, I was pleasantly surprised. I was not expecting these two items to compliment each other so perfectly.

SWEATER (sold out) - FOREVER 21 //  SCARF - EXPRESS //
JACKET (clearance) - OLD NAVY // CHARM (retired) - JEWEL KADE

Since I am always searching for life applications (in everything!), I began thinking about other situations, which, while unlikely and unexpected, came to surprising outcomes and turned out to be amazing blessings.

The Bible continues to amaze me. The more I study it, the more I learn and the more hidden gems I find. Like this verse from Zephaniah. I mean, have you even heard of the book Zephaniah? Do you know where to find it in the Bible? I didn't. But, this verse was part of my advent study last week. 

For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. 
With his love he will calm your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT)

After I read it, I sent it to a friend who I knew needed to read it. I wrote it on a note card. I posted it on Facebook. I read it and re-read it. I never would have expected to find such a profound verse in a book I had never even given a second glance.

Then there is the Christmas story and it's cast of characters. The unlikely choice of Mary as the mother of Jesus. The unexpected response of Joseph. The unconventional way Jesus came into the world. To save it.

Driving home from church Sunday, I heard this song, Such a Strange Way to Save the World. Strange, yes. Unexpected, uh-huh. Unconventional, you bet. Yet, the cast of characters were ready. They were open to the message of God and responded to His call.

I'd like to think that I am too. That I wouldn't shy away from a person or situation that seemed to be unlikely to be used by God. But, that I would be ready and open to accept that God moves and speaks, and it may not be exactly how or when we are expecting it. 

I'm watching and listening. Are you?

Linking up with Shanna and Lindsey


Ashley said...

I try to make those application as well. The verse saying "He will calm your fears"...I just love that. And it's so true.

Shannon Quigley said...

I'm liking those patterns and colors together! More importantly my heart was touched by some of your last words: That you will not shy away from those who seem to be unlikely to be used by God...I think that is so beautiful and I wish more of the world embraced that thought!

Angela said...

Wonderful!! I love how you brought those together... You have a great way of always doing that. :) that verse is really speaking to my heart today!

smk053078 said...

There are those types of applications everywhere!! And I catch myself in these aha situations all the time. He speaks to us when we are listening and helps us see things we normally would pass up by opening our eyes and ears to Him. And dang, you look great in this outfit!! :)