When I woke up this morning to kneel and pray, the first thing the Lord said to me when I hit the floor was, “You are going to walk outside today.” I said oh OK. I didn’t find that to be unusual because on the weekends I go to the mall and walk. However, now and then I will arrive at the mall, and it would be close to mall walkers, and instead of being able to walk inside, I’m forced to walk outside.
Knowing this information in advance helped me to determine how to dress and quite frankly how to strategically think about available restrooms. I left the house and went to a restaurant to for a cup of coffee and a bagel. While strategizing about the restroom situation, I suddenly found myself getting into the flesh. I thought, well, if the mall is open, I’ll just walk inside, and there won’t be a restroom problem, but if the mall is closed, I need a plan. Then as soon as I said that, I said, “Are you crazy?” The Lord has already told you that you’re going to walk outside today. You’re walking outside period!
When I arrived at the mall, and I pulled up to my normal parking space, I noticed there were a lot more cars than normal. Usually, there aren’t many people who arrive at the mall at 7 o’clock in the morning. As I parked, I saw a police car, two people sitting down on the ground near the door to the mall, and one of the mall security guards.
I got out of the car and walked to the sidewalk to walk around the perimeter of the mall. As I walked, I was laughing out loud, shaking my head, and waving my arms as I talked to the Lord. From a distance, I’m sure those watching thought I had lost my mind! I laughed, “Lord, I gotta know! I gotta know Lord! You know I already determined to be obedient and walk around the mall outside no matter what. But I gotta know! I just gotta know!”
So, I walked over to the security guard and asked, “Is the mall open to mall walkers today? He said, “No Ma’am, the mall is closed.” I cracked up laughing and continue to walk around the perimeter of the mall.
15 “If you love me, obey my commandments. John 14:15