Of course, I can relate everything to a metaphor and especially a fashion one. Just like everyone feels comfortable in different things, it’s the same with God.
Some like classic Little Black dresses that make them feel more alive, some like to go for soft comfy and traditional with cotton sweatpants, others in native clothing, or in an outrageous costume makes them feel most themselves. That is what makes the world go around. Variety gives us such gifts of growth. We learn every day.
What if God actually created so many different version of itself so that we had to learn to love even more. I know it’s harder for me to feel loving towards someone who is judging me and telling me I am not worshipping God the right way. This is none of anyone’s business. Before buildings and books, there was still God. Before the “rules,” there was a Higher Power guiding this Universe underneath it all. I love questioning everything so I can get more clear. I can’t tell someone they love God wrong or not enough.
I can be an example. I can show what a connection to God looks like in a healthy way for me, while allowing others to have their own relationship without it affecting mine even if it’s so different. No better than or less than with our souls.
I just purchased a vintage navy velvet coat and I feel like it’s home when I’m wearing it. It feels like I’m a queen. I feel like Stevie Nicks. I love that luxury feel of velvet and that gypsy cool vibe too. If someone else tried on the coat, it might look silly or too big or too small. It’s just right for me. There would be others that could rock the coat just fine. Maybe they would add a scarf or a pin, adding even more to fit their style. But oh what a dreadful world it would be if everyone had that velvet coat and there were no red pea coats or camel wool coats like my mom looks so perfect in. What a freeing feeling just being ourselves and feeling like our coat or God is a perfect fit for us.
What does God feel like for you?
It is the feeling of love. It is the feeling of my mom even still at age 37. It’s the look of my hubby when he comes home and smiles as our eyes meet. It’s the look of my kids as they stare at me in adoration…well, the younger ones at least. It’s what I feel like when my kids smile. It’s the feeling of holding a baby. It’s like when you stare at the ocean and just take in all of the power. It’s the full moon and stars, feeling cosmically connected to all things. It’s the feeling of driving along on a sunny day with the radio blasting with a song you absolutely love. It’s dancing. It’s eating chocolate. It’s belly laughs. Those soul moments, I feel God’s presence. It rocks. Try on that for size.
You see, you get to choose the right fit, style, and color for you…but it’s still all the same thing, just like wearing the perfect coat.