“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
I love hats. I am not a collector of hats, but I love hats. I have worn many.
I recently ran across an old book ~ The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and it spoke volumes. It is a children’s book, written under the pen name of Dr. Seuss in 1938 by Theodor Seuss Geisel. “Geisel, who collected hats, got the idea for the story on a commuter train from New York to New England while he was sitting behind a businessman wearing a hat; the passenger was so stiff and formal that Geisel idly wondered what would happen if Geisel took his hat and threw it out the window. Geisel concluded that the man was so “stuffy” he would just grow a new one”. And so begins the story of Bartholomew Cubbins and his legacy of 500 hats.” (Wikipedia)
“Set in feudal times, the story begins in the Kingdom of Didd, when King Derwin is riding through a street past Bartholomew Cubbins, a poor boy in the market. Bartholomew removes his hat, according to the laws, but another hat mysteriously appears; when he attempts to remove this one too, another one appears again, and this continues, even as he removes more and more hats, each growing in extravagance and beauty from the 451st hat onwards.
Eventually, as Bartholomew is being threatened with death, the 500th hat, studded with massive gems and gilding, comes off and Bartholomew’s head is bare again. Stunned by the beauty of the hat, King Derwin grants him reprieve and trades him 500 gold coins for the 500th hat.” (Wikipedia)
Isn’t this a beautiful story? It speaks of judgment, the law, transformation, growth throughout life to old age to achieving ultimate beauty, redemption, and reward from poverty to great wealth. It spoke to me of God ~ Amen: Y