After I chose Tailored by the Spirit to be the name of the blog, I thought of a million metaphors about the Spirit being the tailor of the heart and soul.
A tailor is a person whose occupation is to make, repair, or alter clothing to fit the body as it was originally intended to. A tailor can transform material that is too much, not enough, snagged, or has holes, and restores it back to its original purpose, improving its quality, and renewing its beauty.
When something is ‘tailor-made’ the tailor literally customizes a garment specifically to a person; it is original, one-of-a-kind, unique.
Ironically, during that season in my life, I was consumed with the freedom and transformation given by the Holy Spirit.
As I researched the origin of a tailor, and the incredible detail that goes into the work they do on a piece of fabric, I thought of 2 Corinthians 3:17-18,
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
I felt the Spirit say to me,
Taylor, this is what I do, it is who I am, and this is what I’m doing to your heart and your soul. I am tailoring you piece by piece in the likeness of Christ. Your heart, your soul, and your purpose, you are tailor-made.
God brought Scripture to life and confirmed the name of this blog.
But as I tried to process the metaphor of being tailored, I couldn’t help but feel as though I was the clothing before it goes to the tailor- worn down, snagged, with holes that I try to patch myself.
Sometimes I feel like I have too much material- I’m too loud, too talkative, too sensitive, and trying too hard.
At the same time, I feel like I don’t have enough material- like I’m not good enough, smart enough, not creative enough, not pretty enough, not spiritual enough.
So I try to alter myself, but I end up mending myself with faulty thread that never lasts. The faulty thread ends up making me feel more self-conscious of the places I carry extra material and the places I don’t have enough.
I become paranoid when people look at me. When they come closer I pray they don’t see my used, outdated heart and soul, or that I feel trapped in my ragamuffin clothing, dying to bust out, craving freedom.
Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way. I can see it in the faces of the people I love most, and can hear it in the voices of those around me.
I see the way people cover their hearts and fill their souls with things that hide who they truly are because they’re scared of being vulnerable.
I know it’s true because I’ve done the same thing.
We hide ourselves behind clothing, “fabric,” anything that covers our deepest, darkest truths. Some of us feel like we have too much fabric and it weighs us down. Others, like they don’t have enough and feel exposed.
When the clothes we wear get worn down, snagged, ripped, and dirty we are left not knowing what to do, so we try to cover ourselves with more things. But it’s a cycle, the day-to-day damages leave us needing much repair.
How do we break the cycle when there is too much, not enough, or you’re just too tired to even try?
Just like we take our clothes to the tailor for repair and/ or alterations, we have to take our heart and soul to the Spirit- on the daily. Take your pride, insecurity, doubt, addictions, prejudice, lust, vanity- anything that you use to cover your real self.
We cannot wait until we are completely torn, weary, or heavily burdened to do so. Too much is at stake.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” Matthew 11: 28-30.
The Holy Spirit is the ultimate tailor and He specializes in the heart and the soul. Not only does He repair us, mend our wounds, and patch the empty holes in our heart, He is continually transforming us into the likeness of Christ.
Friend, this is what I know.
Where the Spirit dwells- there is freedom, there is no shame; there is only beauty, and there you are enough.
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