Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Ephesians 6:13
Halloween has become just another “interesting” event in our home. While our youngest child refuses to have anything to do with costumes (although he does not refuse the candy), our little girl cannot wait to dress up as someone different. She starts thinking about her costume as early as summer!
She is a planner, just like her mom. But, she is also stubborn (yes, I will admit….just like me!). So, of course, this year was no different. No other costume would do. She had to be the one character every other girl also wanted to portray-Elsa!
The one costume we could not find ANYWHERE!
I painstakingly searched for this ice princess costume (along with anyone else who has a little girl who watched or has heard of Frozen), and then I painstakingly searched for materials to just make the thing until I found pieces of one to borrow! I stressed over every measurement. Every detail. The right pins to secure the yarn wig. And, I stopped to wonder this-Have I painstakingly taken this much time to put on my Godly costume each day?
I sat in a hotel room measuring each piece of tulle fabric. Cutting each piece evenly. Tying each piece on a makeshift tulle belt. Braiding yarn. Strategically placing each glittered snowflake, and each spritz of glitter paint. I couldn’t help but think once again about the little monster at home who refuses to disguise his outer being. Who refuses to dress up as anything but himself. I thought about how, yes, this little girl will be even more stunning than the cartoon version, but she, he, I…we only really need one costume.
And, this is our Godly one. So, I opened up my Bible and read about this costume:
Stand your ground putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:14-17
I then looked at all the tools I had at my fingertips for this blue costume that would be forgotten after one night, and I realized these tools could represent the costume that’s much more valuable and stunning than being one of the 300 Elsa’s sure to be out on Halloween.
The belt, not one made of princess-worthy tulle, but one adorned with truth. The truth about who I am in God. The truth about who He is. His promise. His Holy Scripture.
Scissors.These can represent my shield of faith. To cut away all the hurt and pain that lives in my heart. To cut away all the lies the devil tries so hard to tell me.
That glitter spray. That shiny crown. That braided yarn wig. No match for the helmet of salvation. The salvation that allows me to no longer be a slave to my selfish desires. No longer defined by my past choices. My past shame. My guilt. Shiny. New. A prince. A princess. Saved from sin. Loved beyond measure. Worthy. Beautiful. Redeemed.
The blue covering of Elsa’s dress is popular. It’s hip right now. It makes little girls feel like princesses, but it pales in comparison to the covering of righteousness we must put on as our armors. As our Godly costumes.
The covering of love that shines brighter than any glitter or any crown. The covering of acceptance that cuts across whatever barriers we may feel separate us from someone else. Greater than any scissors could certainly sever. The covering of grace that touches another’s heart, and wraps around another’s soul tighter than any belt of pretty tulle ever could or will.
As I prepare myself to frantically search among the many other little Elsa’s. As I stumble across all the moms who may have had to add fabric, sew buttons, tie tulle, or add glitter as the final touches to a costume that was hard to find. Or as the Hunters of the world adamantly refuse to put on a different covering, I hope my kids remember the covering she is called to put on daily. A covering that doesn’t come from placing shiny crowns or pretty dresses on our bodies. The covering that doesn’t involve adding glitter, and doesn’t require us to be anyone else.
Just His reflection. Just a crown of faith. A belt that’s tight enough to withstand evil. And a dress adorned with grace, love, and redemption.
Not an ordinary, shiny, homemade Elsa, but an extraordinary, beautiful, and handmade creation of God.