Take off your “silly ugly fancy dress and find “infinite relief”

what would happen if you tried to enjoy a swim wearing all sorts of clothes?  What is the best way to be able to really enjoy swimming in His grace?  Do clothes help, or hinder?  We are so foolish at times…

“The point is, He wants you to know Him: He wants to give you Himself.  And He and you are two things of such a kind that if you really get into any kind of touch with Him you will, in fact – be humble – delightedly humble, feeling the infinite relief of having for once got rid of all the silly nonsense about your own dignity which has made you restless and unhappy all your life.  He is trying to make you humble in order to make the moment possible: trying to take off a lot of silly, ugly fancy dress in which we have all got ourselves up and are strutting about like the little idiots we are…”

                                                                                         C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Less clothes definitely equals less dignity, doesn’t it?  More risk?  But if we are so busy trying to clothe ourselves, and then keep those clothes on, how can we enjoy the swim?  It is His grace and that alone that has kept us from drowning, I am certain, as we try so hard to not have to part with any of our beloved dressing up…

O God!  We want to know You!  Please give us more of Yourself! Help us see that our dignity dressing is really nothing more than wearing the emperor’s new set of clothes! We fool ourselves but You are never fooled.  Thank you for being gentle in ridding us of all the silly nonsense of our own dignity.  We are beggars and need You and nothing else, to swim in this grace You offer…

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