Simple Obedience

I don’t know about anyone else, but somehow I always expect obedience to the Lord to be about something huge – that I need to obey Him with the big stuff, and that certainly He wouldn’t take the time, or the care, to ask me to do the little things. Just this morning the Lord reminded me He cares just as much about the little things when He told me to finish the bowl of oatmeal I had put aside and decided not to finish. Isn’t a bowl of oatmeal so inconsequential, so insignificant, in the grand scheme of things? When I returned to my bowl of oatmeal, and proceeded to ask the Lord if I could go ahead and put it aside again, His response reminded me once more about His unfailing love.
Despite a background of loved ones being too caught up in their own lives, and too caught up in their sin, to necessarily, and consistently, care about the little things in my life, the Lord does. For His love never fails. It never runs out. He is never too busy for me. He is never too preoccupied with everyone, and everything else, to forget about me – even my bowl of oatmeal. I eat my oatmeal as I write this, and it’s not hot anymore. Nor am I hungry, nor do I truly desire to eat it. But the Lord’s love is so sweet, so gentle, so tender, that I cannot help but answer His love with this little act of obedience.

If the truth be told, I have been dealing in weeks past with the Lord healing something in me that has been in me, and with me, for so very long that it had become such a part of me that I became unable to distinguish it from the woman of God I have become. I did not even realize it was still there to be healed until the Lord brought an amazing new friend into my life who has so shown me the love of Jesus that I felt loved, and safe enough, in the presence of the Lord, and in the presence of my friend, to allow this once hidden thing in me to come up into the light for the Lord’s mercy and healing.

In the process of this healing, I have lost some of my appetite – but I have not lost the Lord’s love and care for me. He knows my story. He knows my history. He knows I have battled with an eating disorder on and off for decades. And He loves me so much that in the midst of my healing, He wants me to know that He cares about things as small in my life as a bowl of oatmeal. And He reminds me that the Bible teaches that those who love the Lord are to obey the Lord.

And that’s what He wants from me. He wants my love. He wants my trust. He wants my obedience. Even with the little things. Even with the things that seem so small, so unimportant, in the context of the world around me. But to the Lord, these things are not small. The Lord loves us so much that even oatmeal matters. Even our tears matter to Him. Yes, even in the midst of a crying world. Even as the world cries and breaks wide open because of its darkness, my oatmeal is not too small for the Lord to care about. And I am not too small for Him to remember.

For truly, His love never fails. No, not ever.

I ENCOURAGE YOU to go before the Lord and to seek His face and to ask Him if there is any area of your life where He has asked you for simple obedience – any area where perhaps you have neglected to obey Him. And I encourage you to take into your heart the love He has for you, and to understand that He does not chasten you because He does not love you. He chastens you because He does love you. The Lord’s love is truly unfailing. And in His love, He wants the very best for us. Simple obedience is part of all this. Perhaps you might thank Him for loving you so much that He cares even about the little things. 

1Co 13:1  “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
1Co 13:2  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
1Co 13:3  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
1Co 13:4  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
1Co 13:5  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
1Co 13:6  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
1Co 13:7  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
1Co 13:8  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”

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