My kids love to dress up! They dig around to find the oddest combinations of clothes they can and put them on strange parts of their bodies – you know, stripped socks on their hands, shorts on their heads. But their crowning glory is to go into Mom and Dad’s closet to find shoes. Daddy’s big, clunky Sunday shoes and Mom’s shiny, high heels are awfully fun to stomp around in! Clomp! Clomp! Clomp! Although they are fooling around, inside what they’re saying is, “I can’t wait to grow up, and when I do, I want to be like you!”
Even at my age, with children of my own, I look at my Mom and Dad and long to be “big enough” to fill their shoes! They have taught me lessons through the living of their lives – lessons like determined faith, the saying “This too shall pass!”, trust in God’s faithfulness, humility and grace in dealing with others. Will I ever fill those shoes? I don’t know but I’ll sure try!
However, my greatest longing is to be like Christ! Now THOSE are big shoes to fill. Should that discourage me? Will I ever grow into those? No! But I’ll try them on and I’ll clog around in them. I will grow. I will imitate Him. Meanwhile, I know He looks down on me and smiles. He picks me up when I trip and holds me when I stumble. As He does, I will lift my heart to him and say, “I can’t wait to grow up, and when I do I want to be like You!”
May 21, 2003
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Amen! This blessed me. I especially related to your perfect illustration of being picked up and held after stumbling while trying to walk in those rather large shoes of our Lord! LOL, He usually dusts me off and then tells me to stop trying on His shoes--just wear my smaller versions while I follow after Him! I too can't wait to finally grow up and be just like our Heavenly Father!