“Oh my goodness, you just do it! Stop asking why, and just put on your shoes so we can go.”
“But where are we going?”
“Stoooooop. It doesn’t matter. Just put them on, and trust me JUST BECAUSE.”
“No!!! I am the parent. I am the mother. And this is about obedience. You do what I tell you to do, no matter what, you just do it. Do you understand me?”
Take a deep breath. Close my eyes. Tighten my lips. Throw my head back in half surrender/half realization/half annoyance. Crrrrap. This is a lesson, isn’t it God?
This is less about my children listening to my craziness and more about me listening to Your commands, isn’t it? I’ll save you the suspense. Yes, yes it is. It pretty much always is.
This is about doing.
This is about going.
This is about trusting.
This is about following.
This is about building our houses on the rock.
This is about obeying.
It’s so funny how a simple moment can elicit so much clarification. How a brief conversation can evoke so much change. How one tiny bump in the road can completely change the course of your entire destination.
Smack-dab, right in the middle of a fight I have with my kids pretty much every day. Every. Single. Day. I realized how many times I’ve answered God’s calling on my life with a “But.”
“But what if?”
God doesn’t owe us anything. He doesn’t owe us answers. He doesn’t owe us insight. He doesn’t owe us an explanation. He doesn’t owe us a destination, a map, or even a dropped pin. He is the maker of all creation. He is the one who set the world in motion. He is the one who breathed life into our very lungs. He doesn’t owe us anything. Nada. Nothing. Zilch.
But we owe Him everything. We owe Him our heart. We owe Him our ears. We owe Him our hands and our feet. We owe Him our bodies. We owe Him our lives. We owe Him our unwavering allegiance to whatever it is that He has called us to do, scary or not, deep waters or not, unchartered territory or not. We owe Him obedience in the small, mundane things. And we owe Him obedience in the big, out-of-our-comfort-zone things. We owe Him that.
So the next time God places something on your heart, the next time God whispers something in your ear, the next time God puts a vision in your head and a dream in your heart: take his hand and FOLLOW HIM. No questions. No rebuttals. No refusals. No buts.
Because He’s God. That’s why.