I Heard What You Said
Late to get out the door with her brood of four children, my friend “Wanda” shooed them and shoed them.
“Brittany, get your shoes on right this minute!” Mom Wanda grabbed her keys, purse, and errand list plus snacks, sippy cups, and diapers for the littlest one, expecting four-year-old Brittany to slip into her Velcro shoes and fall in line behind her.
A few minutes later, Mom repeated, “Brittany, get your shoes on!”
Exasperated, Mom confronted her daughter and looked first at the stockinged feet then the placid face of an adorable little girl with no intention of obeying.
“Brittany, I said—”
“I know. I heard what you said. I just didn’t want to do it.”
Although Wanda didn’t find it funny, it made me chuckle. A precocious and painfully truthful answer like that is funny…on someone else’s children.
But it isn’t comical to God when I do the same thing. “I heard what You said, Lord. I just didn’t want to do it.”
That’s cause right there for Him to send me to my room.
AUTHOR QUOTE: Knowing what God wants but not obeying is like passing the written test but failing the road test. No matter the score on the written, we can’t get a “license” without applying those principles behind the wheel—obeying what we know He said.
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves,” James 1:22 KJV.
Today’s devotional is by Cynthia Ruchti, writer/producer of THE HEARTBEAT OF THE HOME radio ministry and president of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Cynthia’s debut novel—They Almost Always Come Home—releases with Abingdon Press May 1, 2010–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtZb0by984g. Cynthia writes stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark (www.cynthiaruchti.com).