All too often, I want results and I want them NOW. The scale, my kids, a promotion (well, I’m at the top of the food chain as a SAHM, but when I worked outside the home), personal growth… The list goes on and on. The appeal of instant gratification hasn’t quite lost it’s grip on me, but I’m sensing a pull to something even greater… deeper than the snag of a quick fix. It’s the delight in sensing a direction and then following through, obeying the Lord week by week, day by day, hour by hour, and often, minute by minute.
As I study Made to Crave, I LOVE how Lysa TerKeurst puts a GREAT emphasis on the call to obey the Lord rather than be “defined” by the numbers on the scale. While I wish the scale would move downward faster, I’m satisfied believing that He’s pleased because I’m attempting to discern and obey His voice rather than my cravings. And, why do I strive to obey Him? It’s because I love Him.
I came across 2 Corinthians 4:18 and was greatly encouraged in this journey of obedience. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen [physical changes, outward appearance], but on what is unseen [obedience to the Lord, spiritual growth], since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (The words in  are my own.) Isn’t it so true? Our outward beauty fades (Proverbs 31:30, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting”), but it’s what is in our spirits, hearts, and souls that endures the test of time.
So, just as I ask my own children to obey my voice, I pray that my own heart and ears would be open to the voice of the Lord. And, that I would obey, trusting that it is in Him alone I can be satisfied.