What Wild Obedience Looks Like

‘Wild Obedience’ was the theme at the Declare Conference that I recently attended in Texas.  This California gal wasn’t fond of air travel nor leaving my family but I knew the Lord wanted me to attend.  So I said yes to God.

Ministering in the on-line world for the last 3 1/2 years stirred my heart and soul to be around other like-minded women; women who poured out their lives in the on-line world just like I did.  Women who understood what I did for ministry.  Women who spoke of podcasts, blogging, speaking, publishing books, etc.  But more importantly, women who had a heart for Jesus Christ and wanted to lift His name on high.

What Wild Obedience Looks Like by Jolene Engle

But fear was breathing down my neck as I was about to step into the conference hall. I didn’t really know anyone, which left me feeling  insecure and inadequate as I walked into a room filled with almost 200 gals.

So, my ‘Wild Obedience’ began before the conference even started.

I trusted that God was going to move on my behalf because when He says to do something that I’m hesitant to do, I’ve learned to watch for Him because I know that He’s going to show up and do miracles.  And that’s what He did….

When you say ‘yes’ to a mere tweet on Twitter to a complete stranger who’s in need of a roommate for the conference, you see God intervene.  He had a divine appointment for us to be roommates and because of saying yes, we are now friends as well as women whose needs were met.  Not to mention the great conversations we had as we were up talking all night until 6:40 a.m!  And let’s not forget the 3:00 a.m. run to the drive-thru. :)  Only God does these things and  I’m so glad I was wildly obedient.  Michelle Debenport will always have a special place in my heart.  Once a stranger, now a sister.

Jolene Engle and Michelle Debenport

Wild Obedience is saying yes to keeping my priorities in line with the Gospel.  It’s not about me saying yes to the next big thing or getting my name out there.  My name doesn’t matter one bit.  The ONLY name that matters is the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ.  

And it’s because of this that I want to be a woman of integrity.  Before I left for the conference I told my sons I’d take them to the Harvest Crusades once I got back home.  Yet, I forgot all about this 3 day event when I said yes to a last minute speaking engagement to a group of women the following weekend.

My week was jammed packed from the time my plane arrived home late last Sunday night to the following Sunday. The end of the summer youth group activities seemed to fill my entire calendar every day last week.  I thought I wouldn’t get the chance to recover from my trip and then craft a message for the women to hear on the following Saturday afternoon.  But I said yes and God delivered His message in spite of my weaknesses.

My body was exhausted and my mind was spent and the last thing I wanted to do at the end of my week was sit at Anaheim stadium in the blazing 90+ degree weather for hours on end.   But, my wild obedience is being a mom of my word, so off to Harvest we went.

And while there I saw lost souls saved and the faith of my two sons deepened because they saw the work of God.

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.  3 John 1:4

Jolene and Noah Engle

My youngest son, Noah and me at the Harvest Crusades.

Oh, and while at Harvest, God saw it fit for me to run into some close friends that I haven’t seen in 16 years!

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My wild obedience continued this week as I washed clothes, cleaned toilets, and went to the grocery store so I could prepare meals for my family.  Working in the home certainly isn’t a glamorous lifestyle, but it is God-honoring!

These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their home, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.  Titus 2:4-5

Sometimes wild obedience is saying ‘yes’ when you really want to say ‘no’.  Other times it’s saying ‘no’ when you really want to say ‘yes’.  And sometimes it’s a ‘no’ to the big things and a ‘yes’ to the mundane things.

Inevitably your ‘wild obedience’ will look different than mine but what’s most important is that whatever God is calling you and I to do, we do it as until the Lord so He gets the glory!

So friend, now it’s your turn.  What is God asking you to do?  What’s your wild obedience during this season of your life?

Live a poured out life for Christ,

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