Monday, February 24, 2014

It Does. It Really Does~

"I heard you, but I didn't think it really mattered."

I couldn't believe my ears. Minutes earlier, I had driven thru through the drive thru and placed my order.

"I would like a breakfast sandwich with egg and cheese only. No meat, please. Simply egg and cheese." A vegetarian, I have placed this specific order more times than I can count. And, being a vegetarian, I have also received more "incorrect" orders than I can count. So, as my habit has now become, once I received my order, I pulled over to a vacant spot and checked out my purchase. To my chagrin, I was now the proud owner of a egg, cheese and bacon sandwich.

Now, here I was, back at the drive thru window again for a "do over".

"Excuse me, but this order is incorrect. I asked for a breakfast sandwich with egg and cheese only - no meat. This has bacon on it. Maybe you didn't hear the "no meat" part."

To which the young girl replied:

"I heard you, but I didn't think it really mattered."

Thankfully, my mouth stayed closed while my mind went into a tailspin of disbelief. "What?! Didn't think it mattered? Are you kidding me?"

I just smiled and said, "Well, it does. It really does. Can you please make me a new one? Without meat?"

As I sat at the window, waiting for my meatless breakfast sandwich, I felt God's Spirit gently nudging my heart. I began to think of areas of my life, where no doubt I had heard God's voice and yet, by my action, acted as though it didn't really matter.

"Excuse me, Stacy. But, this behavior is incorrect. I asked you to engage in Christ-like conversation. To speak kindly to and about others, with no gossip added in. Maybe you didn't hear the "no gossip" part.

To which my behavior must reply:

"I heard you, God, but I didn't think it really mattered."

"Excuse me, Stacy. But this behavior is incorrect. I asked you to be honest, at all times, with no little white lies mixed in. Maybe you didn't hear the "no lies" part."

"I heard you, God, but I didn't think it really mattered."

"Excuse me, Stacy. But this behavior is incorrect. I asked you to put Me first place in your life, to honor Me in all you say and do, without compromise. Maybe you didn't hear the "no compromise" part."

"I heard you, God, but I didn't think it really mattered."

One after another, flashback after flashback, God spoke - and this time, He had my full attention.

Bacon on my sandwich is no big deal. In the scheme of life it doesn't make me or break me. And yet, I couldn't fathom how this young girl could possibly think it didn't matter - that I had just thrown the "no meat" part in to my order like a "beautiful day, isn't it?" or "that'll do it" side remark .

Now, covered head to toe in Holy Spirit conviction, I couldn't begin to imagine how many times my actions must have sent God's heart into a tailspin of disbelief. "What?! Didn't think it mattered? Are you kidding me?"

If it mattered to me, it should have mattered to the young lady at the window.

Most importantly, if it matters to God,
IT. SHOULD. MATTER. TO. ME.
PERIOD.
END OF STORY.

"Here you go, ma'am. Here's your sandwich, And, I assure you, there is no meat this time. Just egg and cheese. Just like you asked."

As I drove away, I lifted my heart to heaven and prayed:

"Here's you go, Lord. Here's my heart and life. Through the power of Your Holy Spirit and my daily surrender to Your still small voice, may I live my life in a way that is just like You asked."~♥












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