The red skirt

Dr. Robin H. Kimbrough

Dr. Robin H. Kimbrough

Here is the story behind my red skirt. I have a Tahari ASL red suit, and have had it for about 10 years. It’s red with ridges in the material. Unfortunately, I stained the skirt pretty badly and forgot to pre-treat the skirt for sending it to the cleaners last year. The stain is still in the skirt. Because I my affection for the suit, I decided to wear it anyway all during the upcoming spring and summer months. Then reality set in: I could no longer wear the skirt with this stain. I had thought one day to myself: “what if I could find a replacement skirt?”

Weeks later, a ‘voice’ called me to go to Burlington Coat Factory. While looking through the racks of mix-matched clothing, I saw a red skirt. My eyes widened. I said: “This is my skirt,” but I just knew it could not be my size. I folded back the tag, and it was an 8P—exactly my size in the same skirt. And I appreciated the skirt costing $7.98. The scripture is true: “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him.”

There are some lessons about this red skirt I want to share. First, God hears our thoughts. He knows are inner thoughts, whether they are small things like a red skirt or something big like the outcome of a doctor’s report or our prognosis for cancer. God is listening to us. God also shows us in small and big ways that he is able to work miracles. Those of us who shop in Burlington, know that finding anything in Burlington is like finding a needle in a haystack. The discovery of the skirt in my size was truly a miracle. God shows us in small ways sometimes to let us know that he can and will do the big things that are seemingly impossible.

The other lesson learned is if we just obey God in the smallest of things, he will lead us to our destiny and promise. I went to Burlington! God will ask us to do some questionable things sometimes, but if we obey him, we will find the red skirt. All of us have some red skirts that are stained and beyond repair. However, it does not mean that we cannot move forward or that we can never wear the red suit again. Because God has the power to replace the red skirt—things, people, relationships, jobs, and other stuff that gets damaged, even if we did it ourselves. When God provides us with the replacement, God makes it better. We are able to deal with it better, and have greater appreciation for the ‘red skirt.’

The red skirt is just an example of compassion and the grace he shows each of us, from the red skirts to the comfort he gives us in our deepest times of sadness and discouragement. We have to praise God over the red skirt, because we know he can do so much more. The red skirt is God’s way of saying: “Be encouraged.”