I have been thinking a great deal about obedience and the refinement that comes as we submit our will to God's. Often I hear that obedience takes away our ability to be enlightened and make our own choices. We lose freedom as we obey, but I have found the opposite to be true.
This scripture caused me to reflect, but not in the way I anticipated.
"But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)