Monday, July 12, 2010

Do I have to??

I can always tell when it's time for my little dog, Daisy, to get a bath because she starts smelling like a cracker. She enjoys getting a bath but the process can take awhile and involves several steps. This is why my kids don't like doing's a process.

Requesting that Daisy gets a bath is a process too. Rarely will she be bathed on the same day that I mention it's bath time. We usually go through the 'do I have to?' and 'I don't have time today...' and even 'can't you just do it?' questions before the kids reluctantly give in and give her a bath. Usually by that time I'm feeling a little snarky and I'm just glad to have it done.

I'm like that with my Heavenly Father all the time. He will lay something on my heart that may be uncomfortable or inconvenient and I start saying 'do I have to...?' Then there are days that He'll prompt me to reach out to someone who's on my mind and I come back with 'I don't have time today...' But I think I frustrate Him the most when He is trying to grow me by having me try new things but all I say is 'can't you just do it?'

If my kids would just wash the dog when I ask the first time I would be so pleased that I would treat them to something special. How many times have I missed extra blessings because I didn't do what God asked me to the first time? Obedience isn't about wanting to do it, it's about God wanting me to do it. However, obedience is a process too. I don't have to want it, understand it or even agree with it...I just have to do it. Eventually I will want to, I'll understand why and I'll whole heartedly agree with the reason. But until then I need to just do it! Hmmm, I have a feeling that I'm not the only one...

Be blessed,

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8


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