It was Easter morning and this little sweetheart awoke to find the Easter bunny had left a beautiful basket filled with the traditional jelly beans and other mouth watering treats. She just couldn’t wait to show it to her favorite relative, her aunt, who lived a few blocks away. My storyteller was standing by the kitchen window and watched as the little girl came skipping and frolicking across the backyard, swinging her new basket back and forth in childhood delight. Such carefree innocence! But there was one problem. She wasn’t wearing any clothes. That’s right! She was stark naked. The aunt grabbed a towel and quickly defused the moment. Today this “streaker” is now a grown woman but is still able to laugh as the story is told over and over again by various family members.
The same was true for the first couple God placed in the original garden,
“Then the eyes of both of them were opened,
and they realized they were naked;
so they sewed fig leaves together
and made coverings for themselves.”
I remember in grade school reading about the five basic human needs. If I recall correctly they are food, air, shelter, water and clothing. Without them man could not exist. God in His infinite wisdom provides for these through His sovereign plan of creation and by the unconditional love He showers on us all. The Creator designed a place for His children to live and survive, a place to know His Son, Jesus Christ, and a place to prepare our sinful hearts for the eternal journey.
To most clothing is needed protection from the hot rays of the summer sun or the frigid days of winter. Just study the early shepherds. To others it is a way of life and an excuse to accessorize. Department stores fill their racks with designer clothes to tempt the power shopper while newspaper ads, TV commercials and store catalogs offer buyers items they don’t really need. We have all heard the term, “Shop ‘til you drop.” Yes, it is good to look nice but there are limits.
Read with me the words written by Paul to the youthful Timothy,
“For we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out of it.
But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap
and into many foolish and harmful desires
that plunge men into ruin and destruction.”
1 Timothy 6:7-9