Years ago the Lord told me something...
He said, "Holly, how can I trust you with the big things that you have been asking Me for, if I can't trust you with the small things?"
He was referring to the "small things" I encountered where it would be easy to NOT follow the rules or do the right thing because no one was looking.
An example of a small thing, would be putting back the shopping cart in its correct spot after using it.
I know, this sounds so insignificant but God would begin to use this as a training process to not only be held accountable but to obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
You see, the grocery store allows me to borrow their cart and in return asks me to put the buggy in its designated spot in the parking lot. Yet because of laziness, or lack of time, or weather conditions, I would ignore the request and just leave it by my car for someone else to pick up. That is until the Holy Spirit began to nudge me and say, "Put that cart back!"
At first, my laziness would kick in and I would rationalize by saying to myself, "This is ridiculous, it's just a cart." But then I would remember what the Lord said about being able to trust me with the small things when no one is looking. So I decided to obey the "small" request.... And then came the tests....
I would be running late to pick up my child from school and the check-out lady would be taking forever. I would dash to my car, throw my groceries in the back seat (hoping I didn't break the pickle jar) and I would hear;
"Are you going to put that cart back?"
"LORD!!! Not this time! Come on! I have been doing good. Doesn't that count?"
"Are you going to put that cart back?" He would repeat.
"Okay, okay! I'll put it back!" 😩
I have to say that over the past several years this has continued and I have been faithful with this small task.
Recently I was walking out of the grocery store and as I was putting my things in the car, it began to rain. I immediately thought to myself, "I have put my cart back faithfully for years, I'm sure it is understandable for me to leave it by my car so I can stay dry, I have a party to go to this afternoon!"
Until I heard that Voice again, "Are you going to put that cart back?"
...Well, I'll let you judge for yourself (by the look of this picture) if I put the cart back or not? 😁
Let me ask you this, for those who are reading this:
Can God trust you with the small things?