Faithful Friday – Obedience & Barbed Wire

Obedience – Compliance with someone’s wishes or orders or acknowledgment of their authority. Submission to a law or rule.

When I was five years old, my sister and I loved to play around the barbed wire fence separating our yard from my grandpa’s cow pasture. Our mom had told us, repeatedly, to stay off of the fence. And we did, for a while. Then one of us had a bright idea (it was probably my sister, Melinda) to climb up on the strands of wire, holding on to the post, ascending all the way to the top and then jumping into the pasture. There was at least five strands, possibly six, of barbed wire. ¬†Talking about taking a leap of faith . . . . ūüôā

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The first couple of times we climbed the fence and jumped, we felt exhilarated! The more we did it, the less afraid we became until eventually, we threw caution to the wind. On what proved to be my last jump from our makeshift skydiving platform, I was preparing for my descent when I stumbled and a barb plunged into the side of my left leg and ripped it open as I plummeted to the ground.

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This is not “the” barbed wire. It’s long gone. I saw this on side of the road and my photographer daughter jumped out and snapped this pic! Thanks, Cait!

When my sister saw all the blood and gore, she ran, screaming, to get our mom. Mom immediately loaded us up in the station wagon and high tailed it into town (3 miles) to the doctor’s office. Dr. Shawver (the sweetest and best Dr. EVER) was so gentle and kind. I barely remember the numbing shots, but I do remember watching him as he sewed up my leg. And I do remember him telling me stories the entire time. And I do remember the lolly pop. What I don’t remember is the pain.

I still have a souvenir, in the form of a very long scar, from those 36 stitches I received that day. And it was all because of disobedience.

I should have memorized this verse from a very young age: Ephesians 6:1 – Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

I’m sure we all have childhood stories about near calamities because of disobedience. But, what about when we’ve disobeyed the Lord? ¬†I’ll be the first to raise my hand and confess that just as I occasionally disobeyed my parents when I was growing up, I have also disobeyed my heavenly Father as I have walked the walk of faith.

I am so thankful that we are living under grace and not the Mosaic law (first 5 books) of the Old Testament. The New Testament wasn’t given to do away with the law, but to fulfill the law! ¬†(Matthew 5:17¬†–¬†Do not think that I have come to do away with¬†or¬†undo¬†the¬†Law¬†or¬†the¬†Prophets; I have come not to do away with¬†or¬†undo but to complete¬†and¬†fulfill¬†them.)

Just imagine if we were living under those laws of the Old Testament: ¬†1 Kings 20:36 –¬†Then said he unto him, Because thou hast not¬†obeyed the voice of the¬†Lord, behold, as soon as thou art departed from me, a lion shall slay thee. And as soon as he was departed from him, a lion found him, and slew him. ¬†

Yikes!

I once heard someone say, “Well, if it wasn’t for Adam’s disobdience, we wouldn’t be in this mess . . . ” ¬†Oh, really? ¬†Romans 5:19 – ¬†For just as by one man‚Äôs (Adam) disobedience (failing to hear, heedlessness, and carelessness) the many were constituted sinners, so by one Man‚Äôs¬†obedience¬†the many will be constituted righteous (made acceptable to God, brought into right standing with Him).

It’s true that through Adam’s disobedience, sin entered the world. ¬†But, have you ever imagined yourself in the place of Adam or Eve? ¬†I would have probably not only taken a bite from the forbidden fruit, but baked a pie with it and thrown a big party centered around that forbidden fruit. ¬†In other words, why judge Adam when we don’t know what we would have done in the same situation.

I’ve heard my husband refer to a quote many times in his sermons, “We judge others by their actions and ourselves by our intentions.”

It’s so easy to zero in on other people’s disobedience, while patting ourselves on the back for our obedience. ¬†I’m reminded of Matthew 7:3 –¬†Why do you stare from without at the very small particle that is in your brother‚Äôs eye but do not become aware of¬†and¬†consider the¬†beam¬†of timber that is in your own eye?

On this Faithful Friday I’m so glad that God’s grace is sufficient for me. ¬†I’m thankful that when I disobey God’s word, that I can come boldly to the throne of grace and receive forgiveness and start over with a clean slate (Hebrews 4:16 – Let us then fearlessly¬†and¬†confidently¬†and¬†boldly draw near to the¬†throne¬†of¬†grace(the¬†throne¬†of¬†God‚Äôs unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find¬†grace¬†to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].¬†

And I’m praying and asking God to help me to not judge others, but instead, to look within my own self and to His Word in order to live the life of surrender and obedience.

What are you thinking and/or praying about on this Faithful Friday?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Alli

Southern, Morning Person, Jesus Girl, Frugal Party Planner, Writer/Blogger, Mom, Nana, Wife, Beach Bum Wannabe - Let's Have a Party!

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  1. Praising God with you for his grace and mercy!
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  2. Trying to be understanding. I’m in the final stretch of pregnancy and my temper is extremely short. I don’t want to lose it and I know that it’s become a problem for me since I find myself yelling more than normal. I have also gotten lazy, in a lot of aspects of life and am working to change that. Thank you for the thoughtful post.

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  3. Call me slow, but I just figured out how to print just the recipies without having to print the entire blog. Thanks for making that possible.

  4. Wow, Alli what a great story! I was on the edge of my seat reading about your childhood adventure and the inevitable injury it caused. Such a fabulous analogy to use about our desire to push boundaries and be disobedient. Oh I know this only too well. Praise God for grace and His awesome forgiveness!
    Thanks for linking up at Essential Fridays.
    Blessings
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions
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  5. good article

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