Monday, October 9, 2023

The Hat You Wear

By: Joanne Viola

The day is forever etched in my mind.

He asked for his woolen cap from his hospital bed, but it was not in his bag that day. She reached for a towel to make a “cap” of sorts. I reached for my phone and texted, “When you come in, can you bring a new wool cap with you from one of the dealerships?”

A short while later, my husband arrived with the cap in his pocket and pulled it out to show it to him. A small smirk came across his eyes when he saw the name on the front and he jokingly said, “Oh I stepped down from [insert name of a different manufacturer]. Am I good enough?”

We all laughed at his humor, yet intact.

He wore the cap until he could wear it no more. Who knew a woolen cap had a lesson to teach, but it has taught quite the lesson.

I have worn quite a few caps in my time. Perhaps you too?

I have been a daughter, sister, wife, in-law, mother, employee, aunt, mother-in-law, and Mimi. Who knows what cap might be donned in the days ahead?

The truth is I did not wear the cap because I could fit the role perfectly. I am quite flawed, and my mistakes have been plentiful.

Yet God positioned me in my life to fill a role I was totally unprepared, or unequipped, to do. And I have asked the question many a times, “Am I not good enough?”

That day, as the woolen cap was placed on his head for warmth it hit me, it has nothing to do with being good enough, or prepared, or equipped.

God positions us. He calls us to just “be” – Be there. Be prepared. Be in Him.

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”
Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses,
so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses,
with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake;
for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

(2 Corinthians 12:9-10, NASB)

Our weaknesses are opportunities for the power of Christ to be seen and speak of God’s grace.

It is His grace. His power. And it works best in our weaknesses.
He is enough.
Wear the cap He has chosen for you.


What cap are you being asked to wear that you feel inadequate to fill? How do you see God already preparing you for the task?


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  1. I love this: "It has nothing to do with being good enough, or prepared, or equipped. God positions us. He calls us to just 'be' – Be there. Be prepared. Be in Him." If God has called us to something, He'll provide whatever is needed to do it.

    1. Thank you, Barbara. At times, I forget to just be. May we truly remember God will come alongside of us, helping us in the very places He has positioned us.


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