Suggested reading: 1 Samuel 16:7 and Matthew 6:28-30
If you follow any of the short social media platforms such as YouTube shorts, Instagram reels, Pinterest idea pins, or TikTok, you will find some that focus on what’s in that person’s closet. They want to show you what they wear.
Wanting to gain people’s approval through what we wear is common but can increase low self-esteem, lack of confidence, and a host of other problems.
Ginger’s designer wardrobe
Adult chickens are given one set of clothes (feathers). That outfit lasts them for about 9 months. These feathers serve several purposes:
- Protect them from sunburn
- Keep them dry in the rain
- Help them fly when they need to move quickly
- Keep them warm in the winter when they fluff their feathers
- Protect their skin from scrapes and abrasions
But the sun and weather cause the feathers to eventually become brittle. They don’t fluff as well and they won’t keep the chicken warm in the winter.
Somewhere around late summer or fall (in the northern hemisphere), the chicken’s body begins to molt. Its feathers begin to fall out one by one.
Then new feathers grow in. God’s timing is perfect. Now they will have a new set of feathers to keep them warm in the winter months.
And all of this was designed into the DNA of a chicken by God our creator.
What we can learn from Ginger’s wardrobe
If you look at a flock of chickens, they are not all the same. In our flock, their feathers are different colors, and some with distinct designs.
Chickens don’t compare themselves to each other and try to look all the same. The fact that they are different and unique doesn’t bother them at all.
These feathery creatures are concerned about the job God gave them to do. They scratch the dirt, find food, take care of their young, and reflect the beauty of God.
God provides for the basic needs of His creation.
How concerned are you about your clothes? Are you always trying to have the latest fashion to get people’s approval?
Or are you content with what God has allowed you to have during this season of your life?
“And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:28-30 ESV
“For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
Thanks to Bible Gateway Online Bible.