Short Girl Problems. I've got them . . .
Remember when you were a kid and couldn't reach the top drawers where your underwear and socks were stored? That's me even at 40ish. I am 4 foot 11inches, and 92 lbs of nothing but nothin'. I can reach all the drawers on my dresser now but I still have problems that only the Vertically Challenged fully understand. For instance:
Legally, I should still be in a booster seat. Imagine me rolling up to work in my Jeep, swinging open the driver side door and sliding out of my funky fresh Eddie Bauer Booster seat with cup holders and snack tray. #Swag. Thank goodness there is an age exception.
Capri pants are always ankle length jeans. Ankle length jeans are always 5 inches too short. Normal length jeans need so much taken off the ends I get a two for one deal whenever I buy them.
In my kitchen the top shelves of all the cabinets are utterly useless. We put stuff up there that we never actually use . . . like crystal glasses and Christmas dinner settings and empty egg cartons.
In a room full of normal size adults I always look like a shrub.
Shopping for clothes begins and ends in the children's section. This might sound awesome but once you've had two kids the hips like to remind you that they are operating on two completely separate planes and refuse to cooperate fully with skinny jeans ever again. And you better love butterflies and hearts on your back pockets. Just sayin.
These problems are real for someone like me, y'all. Being short isn't something I can just overcome with sheer will. Believe me, I have tried. The problem I have always found myself facing is being a short person in a tall person's world. But if you think that short problems are just for short people then think again. Falling short has been around since the garden of Eden and will be til the last breath is breathed on planet earth.
"For all have sinned and fall short of God's glory." Romans 3:23
Guess what? You have your own short problems. Not so much how to be a short person in a tall person's world but how to be right with a Righteous God when we are ALWAYS. FALLING. SHORT. Getting right with God by our own merits would be kind of like me trying to will myself over 5 feet tall. Doesn't matter how much I work at it, its just not going to happen.
"What we've learned is this: God does not respond to what we do; we respond to what God does. We’ve finally figured it out. Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting him set the pace..." Romans 3:28 (The Message).
God knew we would never measure up so He made a way through the death and raising up of Jesus. Then as Believers, all our "goodness", merits, good deeds, and righteousness means nothing without being in step with the rhythms of God's grace. He sets the pace and we follow His stride. Otherwise we run ourselves into the ground with this haphazard pace that finds us always falling short of the finish line.
We will never stop falling short. But God's grace is the rhythm and pace that keeps us growing toward redemption. And that gives me one less short girl problem to worry about.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.