I think the word “obedience” often has a negative connotation. We might hear that word and think of times when we were punished for breaking the rules in school, or we may hear it and associate the word with a lack of fun. We might think of the straight and narrow, or the stern tone of the deliverer of our consequences when we weren’t obedient in the past. I want to challenge you to think of obedience differently. Obedience changed my life and set me on a completely unanticipated path to a very visual and life giving blessing that I would have missed out on entirely had it not been for obedience.
If you are a parent, think of it this way… Have you ever given your child a direction because you knew that if they followed that direction, it would set them up for something good? I often think of teaching my kids to not fear the water. There have been many times when I’ve stood there in the water with my arms out and told my kids, “Jump!” I knew they’d be safe. I knew I’d catch them. I knew they’d love the feeling of the water all around them and the celebration of all of us waiting for them to trust me and leap. If I switch the perspective to my child, they’re often scared. Even though mom or dad has never missed and has never encouraged them to do something that would harm them, they still fear the unknown. The water looks deep. What if it’s cold? What if Mom doesn’t catch me? What if it makes me uncomfortable? All the while, I know they’ll not only be ok, they’ll be glad they did it. I just need them to trust me and know that I’ll be in the water with them. Listen to my call and obey. Jump!
When I first felt like God was calling me to offer my womb as a surrogate, there were a lot of unknowns. But because I had a relationship with God, I knew He’d be in the water with me, arms wide open, ready to catch me. I jumped. Sometimes, the water felt cold. My Father was always there in the water with me, holding me, and assuring me that I could trust Him to keep me afloat. He called me to jump, and the experience wasn’t only a lesson for me that I could trust Him and that He is faithful, but that I’d be glad and excited that I got to jump. I can handle the cold temps and I can handle the uncertainty because He’s in the water with me, holding me and assuring me it’s ok. He’s excited that I jumped in and so many are standing around the water, celebrating with me.
I don’t think God is calling all of us to jump into the waters of surrogacy, but I do think He’s calling us all to jump into the water with Him and to obey whatever it is He’s calling you to do. What’s He calling you to do? Will you jump?
2 John 1:6 says, “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from he beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”