Simple Obedience

In a still small voice . . .

Red and black – the choir uniform for today.

I checked through my wardrobe for anything I could successfully combine to fit the requirements.

Black top, black trousers and my trusty red cardigan.

I was good to go.

I wear mild makeup mostly on Sundays and maybe on special occasions, but today, I heard the inner witness in my heart say that there was no need for a face beat. I looked in the mirror and almost agreed until I began thinking that maybe my 1980s afro would stand out quite much for my liking; I needed something else on my face to ease off the contrast from my normal look as a result of my new haircut.

Maybe some powder to take the shine off.

Then some eyeliner to sharpen my eyes and distract from the bags.

Lip gloss followed. Two, in fact, to give my lips some definition.

Then some minor eyebrow enhancement.

Picture perfect.

I didn’t look too made up, but I didn’t look dull either. It was just. Right!

I could sense myself still questioning why I shouldn’t have used any makeup at all, but I was consoled by the fact that it wasn’t much.

***

Praise and worship – one of my favourite sessions of any church service.

As I was about to head up with my fellow singers, I got the urge to take some tissue with me, so I did. We began to sing and I could feel the atmosphere change as we worshipped. It wasn’t long before I got very overwhelmed and my heart began to well up with so much love for my heavenly Father and my Lord Jesus that tears began to pour uncontrollably.

Thank God I had some tissue.

By the end of the session, I felt lifted. I had reached my Father’s heart and knew He was pleased, but unfortunately, I walked off looking like this:

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Simple Obedience!

God surely has a sense of humour, and it played out quite well today. I returned to my seat looking like a zombie and I couldn’t help but laugh at myself. If only I had listened to the inner witness and left the makeup out of my morning routine, I would have had a less frightening face after worship.

Simple Obedience!

God is interested in the little details of our lives, and He finds amusing ways to teach us that truth. But what about the big things?

After bible study, I got up and made my way to the choir stand. I noticed a man I usually see at church quite often, sitting down alone and looking a bit lost. I felt the urge to go say hi to him but within the second, some form of distraction took my attention away and that was how I missed the opportunity for another simple obedience. During the worship session, I had a good view of the entire congregation and at one point my heart remembered the man I had seen earlier, so I made a quick glance to see if he was there, I looked and looked again, but he was gone.

Simple Obedience!

What will it cost me if I continue to ignore the inner witness?

A messed up face?

A soul?

Simple Obedience!

34 thoughts on “Simple Obedience

  1. Hmm food for thought. Often times I find myself in the same predicament. It might appear as little things but I believe he is teaching us a lesson in obedience.

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  2. My God! This is truly the place where I hear, feel, sense and see that the Lord is calling us! To be sensitive and obedient to the leading power of the Holy Spirit in all things! He’s given me some specific instructions as of late and He continues to affirm that ABSOLUTE obedience is necessary. I’m reminded of the testimony of Joshua and Caleb,

    “Surely none of the men who came up from Egypt, from twenty years old and above, shall see the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because they have not wholly followed Me, 12 except Caleb the son of Jephunneh, the Kenizzite, and Joshua the son of Nun, for they have wholly followed the Lord…Numbers 32:11-12

    I’m also reminded of Abram’s obedience to the commands of the Lord in Genesis 12:4…

    “So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him….

    Lord, help us to forever be obedient to Your leading. In Jesus name, Amen!!

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  3. I hear the Lord saying, “It’s harvest time.”

    Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors…John 4:34-38

    But we must walk in obedience!

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  4. My dearest Tosin! Your love for the heart of God is so tender and wonderful. I’m sure you looked like a beautiful mess to Him. He loves you even when He’s teaching you with such mercy and grace. Thank you for sharing. I say a huge AMEN in complete understanding.

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  5. Oh, SO AMEN! Yes. So I just posted today about obedience in Joshua. Little things. Big things. Obedience. God has given us much (Luke 12.48b For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.). May we multiply His blessings and give back to Him.

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  6. Oh how I so loved what you said here! Learning to listen to that heavenly small quiet voice does take some practice and I think over time GOD teaches us to do just that! But your word obedience sums it all up……just stay on the path and obey. Simple for us yes? Why do we always make it so complicated! Our LORD knows all and knows us all down deep……let us listen! Bless your sweet heart friend! If I were there I would have found you an extra tissue too!

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    1. Thanks for the tissue, I actually needed more than I had on me…. 😀

      As for us making it complicated, isn’t that just our nature? I pray for the moment when obedience will be the default setting for us all who procliam His love.

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  7. Hi Alethea,

    Give yourself a break you did great.

    Yes, we are called to be a “can do” person -always ready, willing, and able to do what He commands.

    But the fact is, we aren’t going to obey 100% of the time.

    One thing I learned about walking with God is when I fail a test; I will have plenty more to pass.

    And thank God for you freely showing your love for Him because if I wore makeup, I would look like that every day all day. 😂

    May God continue to cover you.

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