"Because I said so!" I replied. "I don't have to give you a reason. The answer is just NO."
As I walked away the words echoeing in my ear sounded strangely familiar.
Suddenly transported back to a time of curfews and acid washed denim I remembered how often I had asked the same question and was met with the same answer. "No."
"Because I said so," my mother would respond, "and you'll just have to trust me. One day you will understand."
One day, this day, I understood.
My heart was pricked and I knew God was speaking to me.
Like a child, I often stomp my feet and demand an answer or reason when God simply whispers, "No."
"But God...it's a good thing!"
"But God...I've waited so long..."
I now understand His silence.
Because He said so. That's all. No explanation necessary.
Trust and obey...I wish I could say this is always my natural response - instant obedience and unconditional trust - but you already have a picture of me stomping my feet so I won't even try.
I don't always make the right decisions, but my God is big enough to pick me up and put me back on the path He has chosen for me.
And to continue my journey sucessfully, I have to trust that He can see the flashing lights ahead, the bridge that's broken and uncrossable, or the storm that can be avoided by taking a different route.
And I have to obey.
Even if I don't understand why.