"Gene, how do these pants look?" He stopped eating, looked me up and down and if memory serves me correct even asked me to turn around. He then answered me sweetly with, "Honey, I think you need to go to the gym." Okay, let's just say the man's answer made the Love Thermostat quickly drop into the negatives. The gym?? Are you serious? "Well okay, honey, tell Pastor Jerry that I'm at the YMCA instead of church today so when I decide to wear pants that cling to me and show every lump and bump I can LOOK GOOD!!" Oh my goodness!!
At first, I didn't quite know how to respond, so I just said, with teeth clenched together, "I know I need to go the gym Gene, but do these pants look okay?" Now if you don't know my man, your mouth is probably open...well, I take that back, even if you do know him your mouth is probably open like my mom's was when I told her. He tried to defend his answer to her, but she just kept saying, "Ouch...ouch" while shaking her head at him and laughing.
I know that Gene didn't mean any harm with his answer, it's just his twisted way of trying to motivate me. That is why I was able to sit by him in church and worship the Lord without having to ask God to forgive me for a regretful reply to his not so thought out answer. Dumb answer I might respectively add. Did the man not realize that I was looking for a thumbs up for my pants and not a workout plan for the body in the pants?
I did think about this during church and God told me that I'm the same way with Him. I ask Him a question, but sometimes I don't want to hear the answer. This has happened many times in my relationship with my heavenly Father. Sometimes I don't want to hear the truth...instead I want Him to sugarcoat it and tell me what I want to hear. Have you ever felt like that before? God answers you and your just standing there, or kneeling before Him with your mouth open thinking, I cannot believe He just said that! I have experienced this before and often times still do.
I want to completely surrender my life to Him and when I beg Him to tell me what changes I need to make so I'm usable, truth be told sometimes He hurts my feelings. One of many things I've learned about God is that He wants me to stand before Him with hurt feelings that leave my jaw on the ground in disbelief, and a willing and obedient heart to make the changes that allow Him to be able to do His thing.
After service, I walked out of the warm, soft lit sanctuary with my clingy pants into the bright foyer and engaged in conversation with our 13 year old man-child who just started shaving last year. I can't even tell you what we talked about since he interrupted me to whisper, "Mom, you need to shave right here" as he was pointing to his clean-shaved upper lip. ~Sigh~
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