Monday was the tenth anniversary of my mom’s leaving this world. Mom has missed my son’s high school graduation, his service in the Army, his year of duty in Afghanistan as a medic, his marriage and the birth of her first great-grandchild. She’s also missed my daughter’s high school graduation where she gave the speech to her class and her graduation from college this past May.
I miss talking with my mom. I moved out of her home before high school graduation and then joined the military. I got married and we moved around a lot with my husband’s job. I didn’t get to see my mom very often, but every Saturday morning, just as soon as my feet hit the floor, I would make coffee while dialing her number. We’d both drink our morning coffee while we chatted for about an hour to an hour and a half.
I miss my mom’s voice. I miss hearing how her week had gone, her laugh and her encouraging words. It saddens me deeply that I can’t remember what her voice sounds like and that she’s missed out on so much of this wonderful life (she was just 65).
My sadness turns to revelation that maybe this is how God feels when I miss my quiet time with Him…and how He is saddened when I miss out on His opportunities and blessings of this life when I do things my own way by not being obedient to His leading.
I’m reading Lysa TerKeurst’s What Happens When Women Say Yes to God with my online Bible study group at Proverbs 31 Ministries. This week we are reading chapter 4, “You Never Know How God Will Use You.” I love what Lysa wrote on page 60, “Many people know Christ as their Savior, but the woman who says yes to God longs to know Him as Lord.”
In 1 Peter 3:15, the apostle Peter wrote, “…you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.” Lord is not simply a title for Jesus. Calling Him Lord means He is your Master and you obey Him…and not just sometimes or whenever you feel like it. Obedience in ALL things—what you do in your spare time, what you watch on TV, what you eat, how you spend the money He’s blessed you with, how you serve Him, etc. It is being wholly committed to Him!!
Peter was an eyewitness to Christ’s life on earth, His resurrection and His ascension into heaven (Matthew 28:16-17, John 20:3-10, Acts 1:3-8, 2 Peter 1:16-18). The most significant account of Peter’s life is found in Matthew 4 where Jesus is walking along the shore and he sees Peter and his brother fishing. Jesus tells Peter, “Follow me.” Peter was obedient immediately and we have Scripture to show us how God used Peter for His glory.
Lysa asks her readers these questions: “Do we really want to be interrupted in the middle of our busy lives to see God, hear God, and pursue God? Do we really want to be compelled by the love of Christ? Do we really want a Lord of all our life?” (page 61)
Yes. Yes, I do. I choose obedience to the Lord. How about you?
PS: Before my mom passed away, she shared with me that she had accepted Christ as her Savior. Someday I will get to see her again in heaven, where we will praise Jesus together!!