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Jennifer Jo Weiss

Wearing Those Big Daddy Jeans

Levi and Zeke Wearing Daddy's Jeans


When we were getting ready for bed last night, Thing 1 and Thing 2 decided that it would be fun to get my husband's pants on.  They pulled on the jeans, then they jumped up on the bed with the dog and started dancing around in front of the mirror, both chanting "BIG GIANT DADDY PANTS".   Levi is always telling me that someday, he's going to be a man like Daddy.  "Yes", I laugh.  "You will someday".  

Not only did the boys look ridiculous, but the pants also prohibited them from walking well.  They kept getting tangled up and falling down on the bed! 

This reminded me of the story of David from the Bible when he went out to fight Goliath.  

"And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed whim with a coat of mail.  And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it.  And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them.  And David put them off him."  1 Samuel 17:39   

David was too little to be putting on a full grown man's armor.   He was wise enough to understand that concept, even at a young age.  He took off the armor and went to face the enemy with his staff, his shepherd's bag, 5 smooth stones, a sling... and the favor of God.  Can you imagine the story unfolding with David going out to meet Goliath in big, over-sized armor?   Me either.  It just wouldn't have worked.   But I can see that used as the preface for a children's play...  

When we are children, we think and act like children, but Paul says there comes a point in time where we abandon childish things and become mature.  How often are we figuratively like my children, trying to fit into the pants of those who are more mature than us (emotionally, physically, or spiritually)?  God hasn't called us to wear anything that we haven't proven.  He does expect us to grow daily in him.  He will use us where we are at and within our capabilities (like David)... little things become great when God gets involved!!   The progression should be a natural one, not a forced one.  Eventually we will fill those "larger pants". 

Are you trying to make something fit in your life that you're just not ready for?   Let's ask God today to continue to bring us into a deeper maturity with Him,  for Him to prove us along the way, and that He will use us as we focus on Him and His will for our lives.

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