I spent last weekend camping with my daughter and her youth group (For more information see my post titled, Crabtree Falls). While we were away, my husband was home with the other five children. He's a great Dad, so I never even thought twice about leaving him with the kids.
After I got home, I had a chance to talk with him about the weekend. He told me that he had some trouble with one of our kids. Apparently, every time he would ask this child to "come here", they would say, "why?" instead of coming. This became an issue and he got upset with that kid. After having a heart to heart with the child my hubby explained the importance of just obeying without always questioning.
He pointed out that if there had been a poisonous snake next to the child, and they had hesitated to come, they may have been in danger.
He said that he spent some time in prayer and God said to him, "why don't you just do what I ask of you without questioning?" OUCH! Why is parenting always about the parent!
I really appreciated the fact that he shared this with me. I struggle with always wanting God to give me a sign. I am always wanting to make sure that I've heard from God. I think, however, that God would rather have us just do the things we think He has told us to do, and risk making mistakes.
It reminds me of the parable of the talents. The steward who had one talent and didn't do a thing, saying he was afraid, is a disgrace! The others took risks and were a blessing.
May God help us to learn to step out in faith, the first time He calls us!