Years ago, I read about a man who had one daily habit he still maintained after decades and decades upon decades of marriage.
Every morning, he woke up before his wife and everyone else in the house. He took a shower. He shaved. He brushed his teeth. He combed his hair. He dressed.
He wasn’t trying to give his wife more time in the bathroom either.
He said he always wanted his bride to see the best of him—the washed, brushed, shaved and dressed side of him.
I remember thinking the sentiment was sweet. Every so often, I feel a bit guilty when less-than-the-best-of-me is rushing around the house getting everyone ready for school in the morning. Maybe the guy had it right. Maybe I should do the same.
But I don’t. I’ll be honest.
The truth of my life is that my kids are my alarm clock and they seem to wake me up early enough already.
My son is the first sound I hear right across the house— “Mom!!!”
And, he doesn’t seem to mind the sight of me as I pad into his room in bare feet and lift him out of bed, carry him to the sofa and snuggle down with him for a few minutes of quiet before everyone else awakes.
He never complains about my bed head or my morning breath or my yoga pants and t-shirt.
He seems pretty content simply to enjoy my presence.
And in those moments of quiet as we wait for the rest of the house to cease their slumber, I quietly pray and consider the day (and try to actually wake up).
Maybe those few minutes of heart-grooming are what I need anyway.
Because facing my husband, my kids, the blur of the morning activity with my mind set on Christ feels like it reaches down into deeper parts of my soul than any session with make-up and a hair dryer anyway.
And surely what I want for them to find in the morning is a wife and a mom reflecting Jesus, even before I’ve had caffeine and a few minutes in front of the mirror.
Not that I’m begrudging some hygiene and grooming, of course. No need to forego personal care indefinitely!
But I’ve been thinking lately about what it would look like for me to be a tabernacle for the Spirit of God, a place where His glory dwells, just a building really, an outer frame where Christ lives within.
And, after all, that’s what we’re supposed to be.
John 1:1 tells us:
The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (HCSB).
He took up residence here. The root of this phrase is “He tabernacled among us.”
This is Christ dwelling among men, housing the very nature of God within the confines and restrictions of human flesh.
And now— His spirit dwells within us, and He should still be visible, not hidden away—not by our skeletal frames, not by the skin, not by the makeup, not by the outfits, not by the coordinated shoes and handbags.
Whether we’re still in our pajamas or we’re dressed to the nines, people should see God’s glory all over us.
Because, that’s what happens when God’s Spirit dwelt in the Tabernacle out in the wilderness with Israel.
34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. (Exodus 40:34-35 ESV).
The cloud of God’s glory settled on that mobile sanctuary and you couldn’t see the building itself for the glory surrounding it. It was completely covered by the cloud of His presence.
All you could see was Him.
And, that’s what I want.
Yes, in the morning.
Yes, when I’m stressed.
Yes, when I’m annoyed.
Yes, when I’m hurt.
Yes, when I’m rejoicing.
Yes, when I’m failing.
Yes, when I’m weeping.
Yes, when I’m serving
ALL the time yes—may God’s glory settle on my life with such a cloud of His presence that people can’t see me through the thickness of it.
They can only see Him.
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. Her book, Ask Me Anything, Lord: Opening Our Hearts to God’s Questions, is available now! To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.
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