As you can gather from my recent blogs, I believe in keeping warm and I like woollen products.
Brendan bought me a beautiful three quarters length coat. It was made from wool. It was navy with bunches of grapes in the weave. It was comfortable to wear especially when I was driving. It also suited me when I was pregnant. The children cuddled in beside me when I was wearing it, like a mother hen covering her chicks. I enjoyed wearing this coat for many years. The scriptures say that the children of Israel walked round the desert for forty years and their clothes did not wear out. This coat of mine didn’t wear out!
“During the forty years that I led you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet. (Deuteronomy 29:5-6 NIV)
The symbol of grapes is very important to me. When I read in the scriptures that the children of Israel went into the promised land. They saw grapes and giants. The grapes were that big it took two men to carry a cluster of them. But the people were afraid of the giants and failed to go into the land God promised them. Isn’t that often the case in our lives. We are afraid of change because of fear or lack of faith. Joshua and Caleb said “With God’s help we can defeat the giants and eat the grapes.” But the people did not believe. I wore my coat as a statement of faith. I wanted to eat grapes and destroy giants.
Since I read this scripture I decided I would believe God. With God’s help I have defeated some giants along the way. For example. Cancer is a giant. With God’s help I am healed of cancer. I believed God to help me. I am alive to enjoy good food especially grapes.
Ten years ago a friend gave me a fur coat. I was wearing it till recently. It was full length and made of artificial fur fabric. I wore it constantly from Autumn to Spring. It protected me from cold winds, when we would go for a walk. It kept me warm like the caring arms of my Heavenly Father. I looked prosperous. I did not have to get dressed up. I pulled on my coat and I looked a million dollars. I have travelled to Canada, Iceland, New Zealand, England, Scotland and Slovakia in my fur coat. No one complained about me wearing a fur coat. I felt at home when I was in Iceland recently. Garments made from seal skin and animal hides were for sale. People who live there need to walk or work outdoors in the harsh, cold weather.
Brendan and I were visiting in New Zealand. We had to travel by bus to a friend in another town. We had two cases each, to haul around with us in a strange place. Tempers were frayed. It was springtime and I was getting hot under the collar pulling my cases up and down hills. Eventually we found the right bus stop.
We got on the next bus that stopped. It was home time for the workers. The bus was full. Standing room only. Brendan told me to get in and find a seat while he lifted the luggage up. The driver was impatient to get on his journey and was not a happy camper. There was no luggage compartment for the cases! As I walked up the aisle people looked at me as if I was an alien in my fur coat and red face. There, Brendan and I stood in the aisle, cases blocking the walkway. We looked like two mad Irish bears. No one offered help. Eventually as people disembarked we got a seat and rested our weary bones. We laughed at this incident for many days later.
Soon months back I had a dream I was wearing a red coat. I completely forgot about the dream. Brendan and I went shopping looking to buy some presents for friends in Canada. It was sale time. Brendan found a red coat and asked me to try it on. Hey presto, it fitted me and was comfortable. It was made of wool. He bought it for me. I remembered my dream. It came true. I had to hang up my bear coat!
Brendan and I are travelling in Canada at the moment. We flew up over the mountains from Vancouver to Dawson Creek in a Bombardier aircraft. I felt safe in this plane. It reminded me of home. Bombardier parts are made in Belfast, N Ireland. When we arrived at the small airport I was greeted by the ground staff as if I was a dignitary. “Welcome to Dawson Creek. Have a good day lady in red.” We all laughed. I am getting compliments everywhere I go.
Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away. (Isaiah 51:11 KJV)