Sunday, July 06, 2008

A Lesson in Obedience

During the past few days I've put in a lot of hours working on lesson plans. As I was working, I noticed that one of my boys had skipped a couple assignments that I had written in the margin of the lesson assignment sheet we had just finished.

“Did you do the review and take the test for chapter 7?” I asked him as I sat at the table, papers and books all around me. I knew the answer, but I wanted him to see the error of his way.

“Um, no.” he muttered as he tried edging into the kitchen.

“But you're almost done with chapter 8 and I even reminded you of the test.”

The birdie on my shoulder whispered something about being distracted this week, but I went back to talking so I wouldn't have to listen to her.

“Why do you think I spend hours making up lesson assignment sheets? To make paper airplanes out of them? It does no good whatsoever for me to make them and you not follow them. By not following the assignments everything gets messed up!”

That's when God's neon 'Duh' sign flashed right in front of me. I felt the impact of it from my head down to my toes.

The birdie on my shoulder had to get in her two cents, too. “And just what do you think it does when you ignore God's plans and assignments and do your own thing? Sister, let me tell you, it doesn't come out smelling like roses. Shoot, it doesn't even come out smelling sweet! It makes things stink around here!”

God's message to me got through loud and clear.

“Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry.”
I Samuel 15:22-3

7 comments:

  1. LOVE that verse - and your application, of course, is right on. I wish we didn't need that "neon DUH sign" (LOL love that!) as much as we did - but we sure do! Thanks for the reminder that I KNOW I will use before the day is up :)

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  2. It really hurts when our words to our kids bounces right back at us, doesn't it?
    Been there, done that!

    That verse is so convicting. It's applies to many things in my life.

    Thanks for writing this...although I made need to dig out my steel-toed shoes.

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  3. OUch! Wowzer, that is a powerful story and one I won't soon forget.

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  4. Dee Yoder10:06 PM

    Peej, as I read this, I was thinking, "God knows I haven't been even asking what His plans are for me lately. I'm just...barely hanging on by my fingernails." Though illness makes me struggle, I need to listen to that little birdie: "God has a plan for you to get through this illness, too. Don't use it as an excuse not to bother to find out what He has in mind." Thanks for reminding me of that, Peej.

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  5. Whoa! I agree with Vonnie -- steel-toed shoes are in order for this blog entry! Most excellent lesson to be learned, Peejers! Thanks for sharing and giving me some midnight reading:)

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  6. hmmm....deep thoughts. Thanks for sharing. I came over from CWO. Love your fiction Friday idea!!! I forwarded it on to my fiction writer friend!
    Karen

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  7. Good message for all of us. We all tend to want to do our own thing. Praise God for little birdies to help keep us on track. :)

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