She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. (Proverbs 31:17 ESV)
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. (Proverbs 31:25 ESV)
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life. (Proverbs 16:31 ESV)
We had just finished enjoying our Mother’s Day meal with family when we all decided to throw caution to the wind and do a surprise drive by visit to my 97-year-old grandmother. We were missing her at our gathering because she lives in an assisted living facility that has been closed to outside visitors for many weeks to protect them from the spreading pandemic.
As we pulled up outside the facility, she stepped outside and I wish I would have had my phone ready to capture the joy on her face! She was so happy to see her family in person, even if it was from a distance. As I watched her smile and wave to us, I couldn’t help but notice what she was wearing. She wore a precious navy and white polka dot dress with a neutral cardigan and shoes.
As I pictured her in my mind the rest of the day, I was struck by the image of that polka dot dress. She had been living in isolation for weeks. She didn’t have any plans for the day or think that anyone was even coming by to visit her, yet there she was, dressed and looking like she was ready for anything.
No matter our age or circumstance, there is something that happens in our minds when we choose to get up and get dressed for the day instead of succumbing to the urge to stay in our comfy PJ’s all day long. Sure, we all have those days now and again, but I think my grandmother is a great example of how to show up well every day, even when we think that day may hold nothing special.
When we read about the woman of noble character in Proverbs 31, the scripture mentions two noticeable things about how this woman is clothed. We read in Proverbs 31:17 that “she dresses herself with strength” and in Proverbs 31:25 that “she is clothed with strength and dignity.” She knows that the true source of her strength is found in the Lord, not in her outward appearance.
While this still holds true, the small action of getting dressed for our day does help us to feel good about ourselves. More importantly, it reminds us of the strength in the Lord that we carry inside of us, which enables us to face anything that the day may bring.
What we choose to wear each day is not always about being trendy or fashionable. Sometimes it’s about empowering ourselves and dressing the way we want to be remembered. I believe that my grandmother is still strong and vibrant at 97 years of age because she chooses to face each day as if it were important.
Coco Chanel once said, “Dress Shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” I know I will remember that strong woman in the polka dot dress on mornings when I am lacking motivation to ready myself for the day. Showing up well, even when no one is looking, never goes out of style.
1. What motivates you to get dressed for your day when you are stuck at home?
2. Who is someone that you admire for their strength in any circumstance?
3. What is your favorite piece of clothing to wear on days when you are lacking motivation?