I turn the key in my truck, the engine roars to life, and I look in my mirror to back out of my parking space. Behind me, I see long dark legs walking behind me. I look in the rearview mirror and see a woman, probably in her 20s. She is wearing a gray T-shirt. The shirt comes appears to be all she has on. She looks destitute and malnourished, with a far away look in her eye. With a slow gait, she drifts past my truck and out of the parking lot. I imagine the hardship she has faced, and the degradation she suffers. And a mixture of helplessness and guilt wells up in my heart when I think about her life compared to mine, and my paralysis in trying to offer help. But mostly, I worry about how cold she is and whether she has lost the capacity to care.
Many people who are well-clothed physically, are spiritually unclothed and exposed, and don’t even know it. In harsh criticism to the church at Laodicea, Jesus says, “I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see” (Rev. 3:18). The Laodicean Christians believed they were wealthy and affluent, but their pride and foolishness was not hidden from God – it was as obvious as nakedness. The solution? To reach out to God for help, acknowledging their absolute dependence on his provision and protection. When God looks at you, what do you think he sees?