In my days as a blind Nana, a few gems of joy glimmer through.

This past week, while my four-year-old granddaughter and I interacted, the TV played in the background. In the middle of our giggles, she let out a loud gasp, and then tapped my arm. “Nana, did you hear that?”

Her tone told me she was about to say something profound (often only a grandma can appreciate).

I got down on my knees and looked in her little face. “Hear what, precious?”

That guy on TV said “God” and he wasn’t praying.

My heart did a cart wheel. That blue-eyed little gift from heaven remembered, understood and recognized when Exodus 20:7 was disobeyed.

“Come here,” I drew her close in a tight hug. “So proud of you for knowing that’s not how we please God.”

In my feeble, human way, I just about leaped with joy at her ability to understand. But, amigos, how much more the God of the universe must be pleased when we choose to obey His precepts?

In this crazy busy life we lead, and in these problem-filled days, the “How to please God” is hidden under the pile of the to-do list.

But how refreshing it is to reach the oasis of calmness. Please click to experience God’s refreshing.

And in that sliver of peace from the chaos, the longing to please God should whisper, “[Lord] Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands” (Psalm 119:73).

Father, I confess, often my level of understanding hasn’t reached the depth of obedience. Thank you for reminding me of the diligence you expect in obeying your instructions. I turn my guilt to repentance and rejoice for the new awareness and desire to please you. In Jesus’s name, amen.

What ways do you know to please Him?
How difficult is to obey all His commandments?
Have you found the freedom that comes when obeying Him?

Author's Bio: 

When Retinitis Pigmentosa, an incurable retinal disease, took my sight completely at the age of 31, I never imagined doing all these things. Crazy, I know, but God never said our experiences on this earth would make sense. He just said that with Him, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).