Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Body Double

As a seamstress, one of my desires was to own a dress form … an adjustable body form … that would allow me to make a double of my own body. Yet years passed and I was still making my clothes without that kind of help … and they looked ok.  

How much better would they be if I just had a dress form?  

I collected literature about dress forms … which one was more expensive … which one had more options … and then turned to the Internet to help in the decision making. It seemed the possibilities were endless.  

The timing of my actual purchase was not good. Within a few months, we would be moving. So my long awaited dress form remained in the box. Before the move, we received the news that a daughter was getting married … and would I make her wedding dress … even though she lived in a different state?  

In my new home … boxes all around me … I set up a table for my sewing machine. With mixed emotions, I removed the dress form from the box and began the adjustments … adjustments not for me and my dress … but for a wedding dress. With my new purchase, the bride-to-be did not have to make trips back and forth for fittings.  

The dress form was amazing. I could shorten or lengthen the distance from the neck to the waist … make the bust smaller or larger … and the waist, hip and even neck sizes were adjustable. I created a duplicate of her body.  

If I can do that with a dress form, just think about how much more God can do with me.  

As a Christ-follower, I am making do with this human body and all its frailties … and I’m doing ok. But I have a strong desire for more … to be like Him. I’m reading the literature … and making decisions … regarding what my role is in achieving that goal.  

The timing of the final makeover is not up to me … but Him.  

“But there's far more to life for us. We're citizens of high heaven! We're waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He'll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which He is putting everything as it should be, under and around Him.” Philippians 3:20-21 (MSG)


2 comments:

  1. Joy, Your analogy was so good. It was great that you had the dress form ready to sew your daughter's wedding dress. I'm thinking my daughter would have had to wear a bag tied around her waist before her mother could sew for her!

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  2. Don't you love the timing of having the dress form at the ready for your daughter's wedding? So like God :) Love the picture of His makovers.

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