Here's another story from a campus minister on obedience and family:
"One student within my college ministry was fully committed to go on an overseas mission trip with me, but his parent's made it extremely difficult. His parent's are not Christian, but used to go to church.
Through the student trying to go overseas, his parents became extremely concerned for his safety and did not understand why he would do this. The student had gone on a stateside summer discipleship trip the previous year, and his parents counted it as his one "college adventure" so he wasn't allowed to go on another. His parent's actively opposed him trying to go overseas, and did everything in their power to stop him. They sent him articles and messages every day explaining the danger and how if he went they would be devastated. They also said that if he went, they would cut him off financially for the rest of his college career.
Throughout this process, the student was very discouraged, but because of his deep passion to serve overseas, several spiritual opportunities began within his family that had never happened before. He had deep spiritual conversations with his parents for the first time ever. His father told him he loved him for the first time ever. Both his parents said that they would go to church with him all summer if he came home. So, after praying about the decision and seeing the opportunity to love and serve his family, the student ended up not going on the summer overseas trip. He decided he'd live to fight another day, though he still plans on moving overseas after graduation. I am praying for his time at home this summer, that it would change the eternal direction of his parent's lives."
It's a parable of reversals... sometimes, your path of obedience has nothing to do with you.