I needed a new pair of navy dress slacks, so I went shopping. As I looked through clothing items on a sale rack, I found a pair. They were the right size and the right price, so I bought them. The waistband could be adjusted to fit an expanding or decreasing waistline. I didn’t realize until later that they were maternity pants. I still kept them and wore them many times. Even though I wasn’t pregnant, they were certainly handy when my weight changed, or when I ate a large meal. I liked how they adapted to my changing waistline.
In thinking about the easy adaptability of the pants, I realize I don’t always adapt easily to God’s directions for my life. I’m inclined to complain and resist change. I want things my way, instead of switching to His way. I question why I have to change.
An adjustment to my attitude is usually in order so that I’m adaptable and therefore useful for God’s purposes, just as the navy dress pants were for me.
Making changes to follow God’s wishes are a central part of serving God.
“And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord's commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?” Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (NIV)