Friday, January 23, 2009

Obedience & Unmentionables

It's funny now, but it was not funny January 8, 2009. You will not believe what I am about to share with you, but I share so much, why not share this too.

January 7, I was in bed watching TV trying not to fall asleep because I wanted to do 1 more load of laundry when the load in the washer was finished. The machine beeped, I got out of bed, put the wet laundry into the dryer but did not start it because it would wrinkle if I fell asleep. I put every bra I owned in the washing machine on the hand wash setting and decided to throw all my socks in as well, pulled my drying rack out of the laundry room so I could hang up said unmentionables and socks when the washer beeped.

I went back to watching TV and fell asleep, the Lord woke me up and said in a still, quiet voice Annette hang up your laundry. I said I will in a minute. He said it again, I said I will in a minute Lord. Guess what, I didn't do it. I turned off the television and fell asleep.

The next morning I overslept (of course He knew I would), I woke up at 6:15am, I made coffee turned the dryer on and moped I overslept and wondered how I could get ready for work and read my daily Bible readings. As I dressed, I thought oh no - you didn't hang your bras up to dry Annette, your socks are wet...so now I am late and braless (and at my age, gravity is not my friend) and will have to wear loafers instead of boots...I thought I will have to bite the bullit and put the bras and socks in the dryer. I threw them in, drank more coffee, and got the call to take my dad to the hospital. (The Lord knew the call was coming, He tried to make a stressful morning a little easier for me.)

If I had obeyed the Lord on the simple task of hanging my bras and socks up to dry, I would not have sat in the ER on 1 of the coldest days of the year with a 1/2 dry bra on under my blouse and I would not have been sockless...

How many times do we say we want to hear from the Lord, we want to be used in ministry and then hear from Him and don't do what He instructs us to do. His instructions are to bless us, not make us feel small or inferior. He instructs out of His love for us.

I would be wise to take heed to the following Bible verses:

Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say.

Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

Take it from me, if the Lord instructs you to finish your laundry, do it!

10 comments:

Karen said...

that sounds like one of my "moments".

have fun today!

love,
karen

luvmy4sons said...

Oh...Annette! LOL! I have had very similar things happen to me...That little voice that I ignore. Sometimes it resulted in one of my boys getting hurt then I felt really bad! Great post!

Sheryl said...

Been there, done that.

Ang baylis said...

I would NEVER do that! Hahahahaha...
Have a nice weekend!
Love,
Angie xoxo

Linda said...

I love your honesty and your sense of humor Annette. I also love that you bring everything back to spiritual things. What a great illustration.

Steph said...

Oh man...that does make for stressful morning. On the other hand, it makes for a fabulous blog! :)

I'm sorry about having to take your dad to the ER, though. Is he okay?

Cheryl Barker said...

Bet you were kicking yourself. Sorry for the damp day :)

Wendy said...

Oh you make me laugh! But, I can relate to this post!!
Glad it's behind you - the damp day, not the underwear! LOL!

annie's eyes said...

I love this because it is so God and so us! Funny ! I've been there too. My unusual moment was one day about a year ago, I got up and got dressed head to toe by 8 a.m.--not my typical, unfortunately. This particular morning, I felt a God nudge. And before 9 a.m., I was taking a friend to the hospital. I was so thankful I had my hair brushed and warm clothes on. I wished this were my norm--obedience.I more often get this from the flip side. God has His reasons. Even if most of the time all we know is that oft-repeated phrase, "because I said so." Good reasons. Love you, Annette G

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