Guest Author: Kim Neufeld
1 Samuel 13:14 …the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart…
I’d like to share with you something the Lord has been doing in my heart recently. It’s about my desire to become a woman after God’s own heart, to be given that title as He gave to King David many years ago.
Acts 13:22 gives more insight into WHY God thought this about David.
“…David son of Jesse is a man after my own heart, for he will do everything I want him to.”
I so badly want to be willing to do everything He asks me to do! I’ve been afraid that maybe I won’t be willing…and I desperately WANT to be willing.
So, I asked Him. “Am I willing to do everything you ask?” And immediately I felt that YES, I am willing to! After all, I lead a cell group and volunteer many hours a week at the church, I give financially… I could feel that the Lord was genuinely pleased with me in these things.
But just as quickly as I could see how well I was doing in what I would have called the BIG things, the Lord asked me a question. “Kim, are you willing to do EVERYTHING? Even the small, seemingly insignificant things?” The little things like… What time had He asked me to meet with Him in the morning? Had I called that person He’d asked me to encourage? Or signed up my little girl for piano lessons?
Piano Lessons. Let’s take a step back for a moment.
My daughter loves music. And she has talent. How much, I don’t know. What I do know is that she loves to worship the Lord with music. She has even had dreams about how she will sing on stage one day for Jesus. And both my husband and I have thought that this could become a reality for her one day. And we talked of giving her piano lessons but didn’t follow through with the thought. Even though I was sure the dreams were from God.
You see, we are very careful to not sign our kids up for very much. Almost nothing really. Life is busy. Chaotic with four kids. And we want to focus on family. On relationships. And on church. Our kids don’t need to be the best at sports or music. I was proud of this. And was willing to share my views with anyone. After sharing this with a woman I respect not long ago, she responded to this idea with. “That’s true, except for if God wants to use a talent in your child for His Kingdom in the future.” WOW! How had I missed such an important truth?!? Instead of asking Him for direction on whether or not I should be registering the kids in sports or music, I made my own decision based on finances and my own thinking.
As soon as He revealed this truth to me, I called my husband and told him that we were putting the girls into piano immediately! I didn’t even look at the cost. If He was telling me to do this. And I was certain that He was, then the cost didn’t matter. We would make it work! Then I called a piano teacher who had 2 spots left (how good is our God??).
You see, I hadn’t put any value in obeying God in the Little things. I would have said I did. But my actions proved that I didn’t. But now that I could see this truth, I was going to obey!
I want to be a woman after God’s own heart. So I will give him my YES! In the BIG and in the SMALL. He will always have my YES.
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