This photograph intrigues me. For some reason, when I look at it I’m reminded of The Emperor’s New Clothes. Remember that story? Two tailors come to town and convince the emperor the clothes they weave are of the finest quality but are visible only to those who are fit for their positions. Neither the emperor nor anyone else dares to say they don’t see the garments for fear they will lose their position and be deemed incompetent. I often wondered as a child how the emperor could be so crazy he'd walk out wearing clothes he couldn't see.
Now I wonder how often I do the same thing. How often do I put things on or hang things on my clothespins which others can see right through? We wear masks to say how happy, successful and spiritual we are. We lead conversations with what we do and whom we know. We want people to be impressed, to like us and to accept us for the polished image we display. The problem is many of these garments are made from the same fabric as the emperor’s new clothes. And while most people notice we aren’t as nice, or as successful, or as whatever it is we portray, they don’t usually tell us we aren’t wearing anything for fear of seeming incompetent, or at least being accused of it.
In the story, a small child finally points out what the emperor is actually wearing. Thankfully, in our story, God often does the revealing. God graciously invites us to remove the masks and the carefully woven fabrics we have on display and instead He hangs on our clothespins love, inner beauty, brokenness, our uniqueness, scars, courage, peace…
What’s hanging on your clothespins? Are they things you’d like others to believe about you? Or are they things that reveal who you really are?
(Photo Credit: Deb Turnow)
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May you pause today to notice and wonder,
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Nicole Mills is an oncology nurse, cancer survivor, nerd, and contemplative. She has a secret desire to be a nun or a double-dutch jump rope champion. Not being Catholic or able to jump 2 ropes poses significant hurdles, but she remains hopeful.