Dylan Rucker

What A Parking Ticket Taught Me About Walking in Obedience

Dylan Rucker
What A Parking Ticket Taught Me About Walking in Obedience

Just a few months ago my Father asked me to do something very simple: "Dylan, can you park your car in the driveway, instead of having it on the street?" 

After all, it was his house. His rules. His driveway. AND he and my mom were the ones who taught me how to drive in the first place. 

BUT.....He was asking me to get up from the comfort of my bed, walk ALL the way outside to my car, park it in the driveway, and walk ALL the way back to my bed. 

Long story short, I ended up falling asleep; leaving my car still parked at the end of the driveway. The next day, I woke up to drive to work, and discovered a hefty $50 ticket on my front windshield! Since of course parking on the street after 2am is a traffic violation. 

As soon as I saw the ticket I immediately thought: "If I had just listened to my Father when he asked me to park my car properly, I could have avoided the inconvenience of having to spend what little money I had on a parking ticket."

Doesn't that sound like so many of our lives? God asks us to do something at the "WRONG" time. In the "WRONG" place. 
When we're too comfortable to move. 

"Oh God I'll get to that later." 
"God, that's not priority right now." 
"I'll work on my prayer life next month." 
"I'll read my Bible tomorrow, when I have more time." 

If you're a seasoned Believer, who's been through enough chapters in life, you know that disobeying God usually doesn't lead to fruitful situations in the short and long run. In fact, The Bible makes it explicit in both the New and Old Testament that having a heart of obedience results in prosperity, growth, and the avoidance of negative circumstances. 

"If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth." 
- Deuteronomy 28:1

Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life,
but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
- Proverbs 10:17 

"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."
- James 1:22

"My son, keep your father’s command
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching."
- Proverbs 6:20 

I think we can all take several lessons from this:

1. Take Proverbs 6:20 seriously. 
2. Humility and courage are the foundation of obedience. 
3. You will know that God's Word is firmly embedded on your heart, when you have a burning passion not only to understand His Will, but to faithfully walk in it. 
4. God doesn't speak to be heard. He speaks to be obeyed. 
5. Openness to change, and Obedience to God leads to prosperity in life.
6. Google "Scriptures on obedience" and it'll change your entire thought process.
7. Being uncomfortable is sometimes a sign of progressive mobility; it takes heart to have that kind of perspective. 
8. The next time your Father tells you to do something, DO IT. So that you can avoid unfruitful circumstances.......like $50 parking tickets. 

- Dylan Rucker | UI Exec Director