An Exercise in Obedience
I have a routine medical procedure scheduled for tomorrow, which requires a liquid diet today. The experience is strangely liberating, because I don’t have to make a single choice today about what to eat.
There will be no should-I-or-shouldn’t-I-indulge decisions, no rationalizations or self-given permission to nibble or snack. My preferences simply don’t matter today. This is an exercise in simple obedience.
Perhaps it’s a measure of how often I give way to my desires that a one-day clear-liquid diet feels so freeing. It’s easy, because doing anything else would make a mess of tomorrow’s procedure. But it does make me wonder: if I can follow the instructions of the doctor as if he were God, why can’t I follow God’s instructions as if he were the doctor? Self-indulgence and self-centeredness today will surely make a mess of tomorrow’s relationship with the Lord. Maybe it’s worth trying a one-day diet in which I try to forego all self-centeredness for 24 hours. I wonder if I could. And I wonder what the outcome would be.
Most of God’s work happens quietly, changing hearts and minds and lives in ways we can’t see.
It’s good for the heart to put some effort into seeing the world from different angles.