“Come on, let’s put your shoes on so we can go bye-bye,” I called to my daughter.
She did her adorable rump-wiggle run straight to the door, then turned to look at me. Bethany loves adventures out of the house.
“Come here, sweet girl. You have to have your shoes on before we can leave.”
She turned around and stretched for the locked handle, pulling unsuccessfully.
“Bethany, you know you have to have your shoes on first.” (She does. She really does know this.)
She let out a cry and threw herself, dramatically, onto the hardwoods.
You just can’t reason with a toddler.
I waited patiently for a few minutes, before walking over and peeling my frustrated child off the floor.
“You need your shoes before we go,” I explained again. Now I was the one becoming frustrated, as another minute ticked by.
We sat on the couch, where I strapped her sandals onto her chubby feet in a matter of seconds.
“See, now we go!” I exclaimed as I grabbed my keys, much to her delight.
My daughter’s typical toddler trouble reminded me, again, that we’re not all that different. We both struggle with obedience… only, she’s 19-months-old… and I’m 30 years old.
Surely I should have this nailed by now.
But I don’t.
I have this problem of getting ahead of God. I see the direction He’s leading me, and I race ahead to step D, when He’s calling me to tend to steps A, B, and C first.
In other words, I focus on the end-result and neglect the simple steps of obedience that will get me there. Just standing at the door without my shoes on.
What I neglect to acknowledge is it’s the little steps of obedience that get me to those big places I want to be.
I want to reach millions, He wants me to reach my neighbors.
I want to write a book, He wants me to write a note of encouragement to a friend.
I want to start a ministry, He wants me to start a small group.
Friend, just as importantly as the dream He’s put in your heart, are the things He is calling us to do today.
Let’s not make the mistake of becoming so focused on tomorrow’s dreams that we neglect today’s directives.
Write that resume.
Send that text.
Make that apology.
Take a swing at procrastination and do that one thing you know God has told you to do.
We’ve got to put into practice obedience before we step through the door into the next great thing God has in store for us.
What are the “shoes” you need to put on today?
Word of the Day:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
God, thank you for the big dreams you’ve planted in my heart. Thank you that you alone know the best path to get me there. Help me to stay humble and obedient to the “little” things you are calling me to do today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.