I want to share how my Love quickly reminded me about a very important principle in the book Finding the Abundant Life. My dad came to visit my brothers and me from another city. My dad’s brother, our uncle, was here visiting from another state so we were all together. My dad is an amazing person, so filled with love and forgiveness, but while here, he expressed he was a bit upset with his brother due to some money issues from the past. My dad is a GIVER, so it was odd that he was not letting it go. We had time to talk and I shared how this was family. We needed to forgive and our Heavenly Father sees the heart and HE is who we live for and my dad agreed.
A couple of days later my uncle expressed his desire for my dad to go back to his state and spend time over there. My dad has 3 brothers that all live close to each other, but my dad said he wasn’t sure if he wanted to. We ALL expressed to my dad how amazing that would be to spend time with all his brothers and take advantage that he would not be traveling alone, but on various occasions, he said he would think about it and just brushed it off. He just didn’t seem to be interested.
Well, I was just convinced that this was a GREAT idea and this would be an opportunity for my dad and uncle to reconcile and of course spend quality time with his family. SO, I made up this PLAN that would “force” my dad to go. My plan, and is what I did exactly, was to call my dad and let him know that I bought his ticket and that basically, he was just going to have to go. Not giving him another option because knowing him, he would not let a ticket go to waste. The thing is, I did not buy his ticket yet, so I was tricking him into it. As soon as I told him, I heard it in his voice, like his will was defeated and he humbly gave in, just like I thought he would. Ladies I have tears in my eyes when I even think about what I did. I love my dad with all my heart but the moment I hung up the phone I felt horrible!! I thought I was doing what was “best” for him but I was completely wrong. My Love quickly reminded me of Chapter 13 of FAL.
The truth is, if you are under someone’s authority and you usurp that authority by doing what you want to do rather than what the person in authority asks you to do, you are in rebellion.
“For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He has also rejected you from being king” (1 Samuel 15:23).
Insubordination is when we take the authority that belongs to someone over us. By taking authority over the one who really should be in authority over us (remember that all authority is established by God?), then we are in idolatry. Who is our idol? Ourselves.
Michele shares about her mistake with her father and I quickly repented and asked my Love to forgive me. I am not his authority and want to be in complete obedience. So with His lead, I called my dad back and asked for forgiveness to have made that type of decision for him and he was not obligated to go anywhere he didn’t want to go. He quickly forgave and insisted that it was OK and that he DID want to go. Ladies, at that time, I couldn’t bring back time and make it right, but I do have my HH’s promise:
“Speak kindly to Jerusalem; And call out to her, that her warfare has ended, That her iniquity has been removed, That she has received of the LORD’S hand Double for all her sins.” Isaiah 40:2 NASB
So because of my Love’s faithfulness and grace, HE blessed me. Yesterday my dad returned from his trip that went from a 2-week stay to a whole month!! He couldn’t stop sharing how he had an AMAZING TIME!! He fellowshipped with all his brothers and bragged how much attention he was given and all the FUN they had together. My dad was SO HAPPY and treasured his stay!! He couldn’t stop thanking me for blessing him with purchase of his flights. My dad has no idea that the one who was blessed was ME, because my HH gave me double for my sins!!
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