“You — you strange — you almost unearthly thing! — I love as my own flesh. You — poor and obscure, and small and plain as you are…” -Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Today was a true test for me. Last night my sister was rushed to the emergency room with what we would later discover was a ruptured cyst. None of us really slept much, but thankfully, she was released from the ER at about 12:30am. Consequently, when I trudged my weary husk into work this afternoon, exhaustion stalked my heels no matter how many cups of coffee I inhaled. For the first time in a few weeks, I had to turn back to my hearing aids to make sense of the conversations around me, something that just makes your brain tired when you have to readjust how you hear even the most basis speech around you. Needless to say, I had no energy and very little patience. Prayer for inner peace and humble patience was my main occupation. My shift lasted from 3-9pm, the longest six hours I’ve faced in some time. However, at about 8:30, a gentleman came through my register line. He was a younger guy, though older than me by a few years, easy. He started asking me about my Plain dress and told me that he was a Pentecostal and that the ladies at his church dressed rather modestly as well, in long skirts and hair in buns. What came next though surprised me.
He thanked me.
He thanked me for dressing modestly. It made me think on the reasons we dress the way we do and why God commanded it be so to begin with. We dress modestly to obey his command, yes, but why? It is to not only remind us that we are to separate ourselves from the world but also to protect our fellow man. We dress modestly so we don’t tempt our Brothers with lustful thoughts, to protect them from looking on us in sin. We are a defense for our Brothers in faith and our humble dress is our armor. Whether you are an Anabaptist, Pentecostal or a deep-fried banana, remind yourself for the reasons behind this cornerstone of our beliefs and if you don’t already, consider taking up a more modest appearance, not just for yours but the well-being of your companions and fellow man.
“Unaffected modesty is the sweetest charm of female excellence, the richest gem in the diadem of her honor.” ― Noah Webster, The Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary And King James Bible In Libronix Cd