I remember as a little girl swinging on a swing set in my back yard, looking out over one of the many wheat fields of Kansas. There was a beautiful rainbow stretching across the clear sky, and I could see that the rainbow’s end was somewhere in the golden hills just beyond my house. The day was warm with a cool breeze, and I enjoyed imagining the pot of gold that was hidden just out of view.
I remember thinking that I should go find the gold, but imagining it seemed safer and much more interesting. That has always been my problem. I have a very detailed and wonderfully colorful imagination, and it has always been easy for me to dream up stories of beauty and greatness. God has been working on me, however, to stop my idle dreaming. He has been prompting me to be obedient in the little things.
If I’m not obedient in the little things – serving, praying, learning, and writing – how can He ever bless me in the bigger things? I had to give my imagination over to God because it had been used as a tool to immobilize me for so long. Now that God has ownership of my imagination, He is using it to bless others.
Yes, I’m a lot busier than I used to be. I have a lot less time for self-serving things (dreaming); but when I gave my schedule over to God, my desires also changed. I now enjoy sitting down to write my stories. I now enjoy reading His Word. I now enjoy conversing with Him daily. What excites me most is that my obedience to God can affect the lives of others.
I look forward to the day that someone comes up to me and says, “Because of your obedience, I have become a Christian.” I will know that all the work I put into being obedient in the little things was worth it, for it is the little things that provide the foundation for God’s glory. I can’t wait until I get to Heaven and Jesus hugs me tight and says, “Daughter, I am so proud of you.”
“Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.”
– Romans 1:5 (NIV)
“Lord, thank You for helping me to be obedient in the little things. I am so glad that I can give everything to You so You may use it for the purposes of good and for the advancement of Your kingdom. I give You my dreams and desires, and I trust You to arrange my schedule that I may have the time to accomplish the goals that you set for me. Help me now with…”
Alisa Hope Wagner