I'm nearly 39 weeks pregnant and very tired of wearing the same maternity clothes that I've been wearing over the course of the last 8 pregnancies, which have spanned over 11 years time. So sick of these clothes am I, that I actually began packing up all the maternity wear and replacing them in my closet with all my "fat" clothes. I figured I'd be needing them soon enough anyhow as I begin the arduous post-delivery journey back to "normalcy".
While I was packing the maternity clothes into storage containers, I came upon a pair of very brightly colored and very large flowered maternity capris that I had not worm since my very first pregnancy with Cole. I remembered that my mother had purchased them for me at a "Pea in the Pod" to be worn at the baby shower that was being thrown for me back then (over ten years ago). I also remember that they were too expensive to only be worn once; and yet, as it turns out I am pretty sure I only wore them once. Let's just say they make quite a statement. "Hhhmmmm, I thought, perhaps I should wear these one last time to make the purchase more worth it, but oh the print is so loud and the style so out of date."
Then came that internal feeling of guilt and conviction that I was being spoiled and ought to feel grateful that I found something "new" to wear. So, I tried them on and stood in my undershirt and these very LARGE and LOUD flowered capris in my dressing room trying to convince myself that I could pull this look off-one last time. Honestly, looking back at pictures I don't think I pulled it off the first time.
Right about that time my son, Cole, walked in to my dressing room to ask me a question; but upon seeing me in this get up he said, "Mom, what do you think of those pants you are wearing?"
"Well, Son, what do you think of these pants I'm wearing?"
Cole paused for a moment and then said, "Well, I suppose I can explain what I think this way: remember when Paul in our Bible lesson said that he decided to keep following some of the old Jewish laws even though he was freed from the law because he didn't want to stumble the people or distract them from hearing the important things he had to say about God?....."Well, Mom, I am afraid that if you wear those pants, people will be so distracted by them they will have a hard time hearing anything you might have to say."
And as I stood there in utter amazement at his very astute and humorous analogy, I said,"So, what your saying is that perhaps these pants would be a stumbling block to other people hearing what I have to say and so I ought to put them away in this storage box."
To which he gentle replied, "Yeah, Momm I do, but I really hope what I said didn't hurt your feelings."
"No, son what you said freed me to let them go."
Hilarious!!!!! My son is hilarious!!! I was so happy he was applying the Word of God to everyday happenings that I held my laughter until he had left the room - but when he left I began to laugh, and I laughed so hard I cried.
On another note, if anyone reads this post, we would greatly appreciate your prayers for a safe, healthy delivery of our new baby girl. It will have a been a long journey for us to having our four living children, Lord willing. I am trusting the Lord's will and His timing; but oh how I hope and pray that His will is for her to come soon and safely!