I was so excited and so nervous. I was the happiest girl in the world with the vision of ‘happily every after’ in my mind and on my heart. It was my wedding day!! Dressed in my princess dress and ready to embark on my new adventure with my friend and life mate! It could NOT get any better then this …could it?
Fast forward to 7 years later (which is now)….As blessed as I am to have a wonderful man by my side, I don’t always show it. I pray all the time John 3:30~ He must become greater, and I must become less~and I still struggle daily with the flesh and selfishness. God has been teaching me the importance of FAMILY BEFORE MINISTRY. God first, then my husband then my children …. then everything else. God has been prompting me to honor my husband and children…So I said “YES God, let’s do this! Help me to put my family at the top of my priority list. What do you want me to do?”
You’ll never guess what God asked me to do. Just guess. Did you guess? This is what He said
(So these were not HIS words exactly and I didn’t hear an audible voice, but this is what He impressed upon my heart)-“Pick up the dog poop and bring out the garbage
I think to myself “You’re KIDDING me right?” My first thoughts were these #1 “I do the dishes, the laundry, I cook, I clean, I , I, I……” then #2 “I didn’t want the dog. I told Dave my hands were too full to have a dog. The dog poop is HIS job. It was our deal breaker in keeping the dog…and then finally #3 I change the poopy diapers all day that go out into the garage and so it’s always been Dave’s job to bring them out to the trash after work..”
Then God stopped me in my tacks- You said you would honor your husband. You said yes to me. If you won’t obey me in the small stuff, how will you obey me with the big stuff.
And so I got out the shovel…and I picked up the dog poop that was spread across the yard. -It’s so funny how I can clean a child’s bum without gagging but dog poop just churns my stomach- and then I loaded my hands up with small bags filled with dirty diapers from the garage to bring outside to the garbage cans.
I just wish I hadn’t argued with God before I decided to obey. Nothing He asks us to do should ever by questioned. EVER. Sometimes He’ll ask us to do BIG stuff, sometimes small. It’s doesn’t matter what it is that He asks. He commands us for a reason. In this case, He gave me a lesson on love-doing an act of service (one that I don’t particularly enjoy) to show love to my husband. I can’t even remember if Dave said thank you for the ‘poop removal service’ and you know what?…it doesn’t matter. God is teaching me to love on my hubby.
It may seem like a small act of obedience…but it was one step of obedience that honored my marriage….