She grew up in an isolated rural area and her clothing illustrated the practical nature of her life. In other words, it was adequate and comfortable but unimportant.
Then her life changed and her family moved to
a community that had other values. Her immediate elders were given
importance and were surrounded by people of taste and distinction.
entwined with them, she spoke well and was always respectful to those
stationed above her. But she remained solitary by nature and rarely
joined in community things purely of her own desire.
On one special day
there was to be a small community gathering where she lived and larger
celebrations further in the city. The King's message was to be read at
each gathering and other members of her family were called on to take
part in the bigger celebrations in the city.
She was not included
in their invitations and was happy to stay at home. She was going to the
local celebration just to honour the day.
Then in a surprising
move, she was asked by the local committee to read the King's message at
the gathering near her home.
Without saying anything to anyone, one of the
ladies in the community realised that the newly elected speaker had no
idea of dress-sense or of making any changes to her clothing. She would
look decidedly out of place in her usual clothing and the lady was
concerned that the significance of the day could be shattered by the
speaker's wrong appearance.
Quietly she went to a fashion shop in the
city and purchased an outfit suitable for the new speaker of the King's
It was an outfit of beautiful quality in an outstanding, but not garish,
colour. It would give distinction to the speaker so she presented it to
her asking quietly if she would care to wear it.
Astonished at such
generosity, the speaker accepted the offer with humility and sincere
gratitude, amazed that anybody took so much thought for her.
“Thank you for
loving me,” she said to the lady who gave her the outfit.
On the day of her
appearance the newly appointed speaker was pleased to arrive at the
podium wearing beautiful clothing and it gave her an unusual confidence
to give the King's message.
She spoke clearly and emphatically, giving
the message due respect and the last paragraph of the message was this:
'But love covereth all sins.' (Proverbs 10:12.)
You could have heard
a pin drop. Then thunderous applause.