I have this child that tends to be strong-willed. I just don’t know where it comes from, although my parents always mention something about paybacks.
This child was told to wash the dishes after dinner last night. Instead this child decides she is too tired and has to go to bed- at 7:00pm during Christmas break. She would do them in the morning. I have a sneaking suspicion the child expected the dishwashing fairy to come along and take care of the mess. Needless to say the pile was still there this morning when she awoke, actually it grew as breakfast dishes were added. This afternoon, she thought she would barter. She offered to wash clothes for a week instead of doing the dishes. She even drew up a contract. I told her I was happy to have her do the laundry, too, but it didn't change the original command to wash the dishes. She pulled the clothes out of the washer and did her best to hang them on the line. Of course the line is a stretch for me to reach, so you can imagine for someone a bit smaller than me!
As I was resisting the urge to lose my cool or even to start cleaning up, I felt God speaking to me. He said “My Child, how many times have you tried to do something else instead of obeying and doing what I’ve told you to do?” Wow. I thought back to the times I would do something that appeared “good”, but it wasn’t God’s best. It wasn’t what He told me to do. I ended up wasting my time and energy doing something I was not to do. I did it because I really didn’t want to do what I was told. I wonder how many blessings I missed out because I didn’t obey. How much grief did I endure because of my disobedience?
It’s easy to see how my child has missed out on a beautiful day playing outside with her friends and is now suffering the consequences of double the work. Has she learned her lesson? I hope so.
It was hard to leave our families in January to follow God here. No one would have faulted us if we had stayed and done what we wanted to do back home because we wouldn't have shared the truth of where God wanted us. We would have still had a great appearance to others. It wouldn't be where God had called us. God doesn't force us to obey. He allows us to choose, but as I continue to grow and learn, I've learned that the best choice is to do as He directs.