“Um. Yes. I’d like a sah-lahd, puh-leeeese!”
She sat up straight, hands folded at the child sized table in front of her with lace dripping from her hat and from the hem of her fancy play-dress. My five-year-old reenacted her best English accent as she asked for a SALAD from the other little girl who “served” her in the pretend café at the local children’s museum.
I sat down next to her.
“A salad, huh? Sounds pretty grown up to me.” I smiled at her.
She lowered her eyes and set her hands gently in her dress-up lap. She smiled back.
“You LOOK grown up sweetheart. Do you feel grown up?”
Yes. She nodded demurely. Her “salad” was brought to her: a jumble of plastic lettuce, nectarines and kidney beans was set in front of her.
A few minutes before she’d found the dress up stash at the “theater,” and immediately after she wiggled into the lacy frock she ran to the café to sit down like a Lady-Who-Lunches.
As soon as she had dressed the part, she’d begun to request new and different things and act in new ways. A salad? Sitting quietly in one place? Hands folded sweetly in her lap? These are all foreign to my rough-and-tumble, chicken-nugget-consuming, dirt-under-her-bitten-fingernails Kindergartener.
She acted differently as soon as she donned the garb.
I wonder if we begin to “wear” different clothes, things like kindness, gentleness and love if we’d begin to act differently and desire different things. Perhaps even things that are at the heart, very good and healthy for us.
If we wore peace, we might desire the quiet and not distractions.
If we wore grace, we might want to forgive others for their grave missteps.
If we put on goodness might we desire the successes of others?
And if we wore love, do you think we might crave Jesus in a way that we never have?
Peace and grace and love are far more difficult than zipping up a play dress and sitting down to lunch, but maybe clothing ourselves in these grown-up, mature things can be a way to see our hearts and minds changed in the direction of Him.
What do you “wear?” What do you want to “wear?”Leave a Comment