I saw a t-shirt on sale recently. Full disclosure: I have been duped more than once by special sales that show up in my facebook feed. In my head I know that if something seems to be too good to be true…it probably is! But this shirt!! It was one of my favorite colors. It had a beautiful Bible verse on it. In fact, the name LORD was designed in such pretty colors…and it was less than FOUR bucks!! So you guessed it…I ordered it.
It came in and it was so pretty. And the material was so soft and comfy. So I wore it. For the whole day…I wore it. It was hanging on the back of my bathroom door last week and as I was brushing my teeth, contemplating my fabulous bargain, my eyes fell on the small print of the scripture reference. Psalm 118:14 spelled PSLAMS. P-S-L-A-M-S. Wait…what??!! I can understand misspelling Zephaniah and Malachi….but Psalms?!! And then it hit me…I wore that shirt ALL day!! No wonder it was such a bargain. And I was listening to the voice in my head say, ‘you should’ve known…it was too good to be true!’
But I love this verse from Psalm 118:14. “The Lord is my strength and my song.” And as I stopped talking to myself long enough to spit out the toothpaste…my heart heard the voice of the One I love so much whisper ever so quietly ‘you never lost your song…I am your song…and I have always been with you.’
You see, about 9 years ago, I went through a really dark time. God kept me through all of it and I am so grateful for that! But for quite awhile I wasn’t able to sing without weeping. So I stopped singing. I told a friend that I felt like I had lost my song. As God healed my heart and soul I realized I was able to sing again. I hadn’t thought about that part of my journey in a quite a while. But God used a bargain t-shirt with a misspelled word to bring closure to a very difficult time in my life.
I am reminded that God disproves that concept of ‘too good to be true’ every single time. His goodness and His truth supersede all that we could ever think. He IS our strength and our song. Oh I’m wearing the shirt! Every time I do I will be reminded of His special message to me that morning. And, wouldn’t it be just like God to give me another opportunity to share my faith through a bargain t-shirt and a misspelled name of a book in the Bible?!