Of Elephants and Grace

In case you missed it, last night was Halloween. Our church hosted it’s annual Hallelujah Night, where we set up tons of booths and games, and opened our building to the community for a fun and safe place to eat, play, and get loads of candy. Between children and parents/relatives, we had nearly 900 people pass through last night. We loved it! Here’s how my little troupe got in the spirit:

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Martin Luther and Baby Elephant (Costume by Carter’s)

Each day, I have moments as a mom where the experience of motherhood teaches me something about the character of God. Yesterday I encountered one of those moments while preparing for our Hallelujah Night festival. As I was getting Sweet Baby Rae ready for the festivities, I thought about how much more fun it was to dress her up than it ever was for me to dress up and celebrate this holiday. Dressing my daughter in her costume, and the joy she brought me in it, surpassed any time I ever donned a costume and trick-or-treated or attended wild Halloween parties.

Then, I thought about how God clothes His children. Isaiah puts it his way,

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;

my soul shall exult in my God,

for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;

he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,

as a bridegroom decks himself llike a priest with a beautiful headdress,

and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

                                                         Isaiah 61:10 ESV

When God adopts us into His family through the cross of His Son, He clothes us with garments of salvation and covers us with robes of righteousness. It is like putting on a costume, because our righteousness is not our own, it is Christ’s righteousness imputed to us. We are covered in it.

And this brings God joy. At the restoration of Israel, Zephaniah proclaims,

The Lord your God is in your midst,

a mighty one who will save;

he will rejoice over you with gladness;

he will quiet you by his love;

he will exult over you with loud singing.

                                              Zephaniah 3:17

He rejoices and exults as he saves and restores us just as he did for Israel. He delights to clothe us in the garments of His Son. Much like the joy we experience as we clothe our children in cute costumes or frilly frocks, except with an eternal intensity.

So, as you recover from your candy coma, let this facet of God’s character be your song.  He calls you son or daughter. He clothes you in the splendor of salvation. And He does it with joy.