Granny and I sat at the table, dehusking the melon seeds. We had finished some cups, but there was still more in the bucket. Her phone rang, and she hurried into her room to answer it, leaving me with the seeds. I battled with those in the buckets, when they began to break each time I dehusked one. We had successfully worked on some, but the husks of the new ones refused to come off without breaking the soft seeds. Worried, I called granny, and told her we needed to allow the seeds to spend some more time being dried in the sun.
Still on the phone, granny instructed me to add little water to the seeds. I shouted immediately, arguing that the husks needed to get dry, and not wet. Of course, the melon seeds were not dry enough to allow the husk to break without hurting the soft seeds, according to my judgement. So I hesitated about obeying her instructions.
After a while, she walked back into the room, still insisting that I added some water to the dry seeds.
‘Why, Mama?’ I asked. ‘These seeds are not dry enough, why should we wet them?’
‘Just trust me and wet them.’ She smiled at me.
‘But Mama, I know how it works. When the seeds get dried, we can dehusk them without breaking the melon.’
‘Will you obey? After all, I am, before you are.’
I nodded and poured a little water into the bucket, hoping to tell granny, ‘I told you so!’ Instead, the dry seeds became softer, and we could easily dehusk them.
God speaks to us in similar ways, and sometimes His instructions look ‘stupid’. No, don’t call it stupid! Remember Peter who caught no fish at the right time, and the Lord Jesus told Him to ‘launch out into the deep’, but Peter answered that they had toiled all the night, and had taken nothing, nevertheless at the Lord’s words, he would let down the net.
No matter how stupid or unreasonable God’s instructions may seem, obey Him. He exalts His words above His name, therefore, whatever He tells you, do it. To us humans, God’s counsels are not wise, but He’s been before us, He created us, so we can trust His decisions.
Have you been given a certain instruction from God? Don’t doubt. Wait patiently for ‘full details’ and ask questions as you follow Him.
Are the instructions ‘impossible’ or no one is supporting them? Don’t be discouraged, keep following God. We have heard about apostles, pastors, business men and women, civil servants, engineers, evangelists, prophets, and many others who trusted God and were duly rewarded. Yours is also not an exception, do not call Jesus’ instructions stupid, though they may look like it.
The foolishness of God is wiser than man. So follow Him and carry your cross daily. You are not alone as long as it is God who said it to you. Believe Jesus and He will lead you through His Spirit.
Prov.3.5 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
Prov.3.6 – In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Prov.3.7 – Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
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