Just recently I had a passionate conversation and I wished I had recorded it, however, I will do my best to repeat the magnitude of what was said.
We are born. Not by our own choice, but God’s. We come into this world very unaware of our surroundings. No clue perhaps in those first few moments of taking our first breaths. Then as if out of nowhere there is a cutting. A sudden revelation of a separation takes place. The life line which you had been connected to for nine or so months suddenly is gone.
Now of course in those early stages of life we don’t actually have those thoughts running through our heads as birthing is a natural process which has been happening in this earth for a very long time. For those who have anxiety at the moment you can probably close your eyes and imagine that whole beginning scene. Those with separation issues could also relate. What you once knew as comfort and connection is suddenly gone. Taken away.
So let’s take this to the next level. As children we often cling to things such as stuffed animals, dolls or the ever so popular blankie. These items become very important to us in early life. You share EVERYTHING with this object, things you probably never told anyone else except for maybe your imaginary friend if you had one around. I remember my son had a favorite teddy bear. He went every where my son went. If it was time for Teddy to have a bath, my son would stand by the washer and dryer until the whole process was complete. He was clearly attached.
For the purposes of this discussion I am going to use the representation of the Blankie as I move through this next phase. The Blankie is going to represent things we cling to in life as a comfort: food, family, friends, secret sins, drugs, alcohol and the likes. Anything which we choose to go to instead of God. As with the Blankie, we develop a relationship with our source of comfort. It’s the one thing we know that will never let us down, it does not have the ability to. We know when no one else understands us, our Blankie will. It will comfort us. Keep us close. Never rejecting us. Always a true friend and confidante.
What happens when God asks us to let go of the Blankie so that He can be our comfort, our true friend and confidante? Of course! We panic. We cling all the tighter to our Blankie because a fear rises up in us. How can we trust anyone else with our Blankie? It knows us inside and out and would never hurt us or reject us or leave us hanging. How do we know we will find comfort after we let go of the Blankie?
It all comes down to trust. A trust beyond all thinking. A trust so strong you have no choice but to cling to it instead of your false comforts. For you see, a Blankie is just a false representation of love and trust. In the end, you can’t take it with you. It will be burned up with the things of the past. You will step into heaven and God will be there. Not your Blankie,–your false comfort.
God is calling us to trust Him with EVERYTHING. Just like we shared our entire early stages of life with said Blankie, God wants you to choose to trust Him. He wants to be your comfort. Your security. You source of Acceptance.
Some of us are still clinging to our Blankies. We are at a point in our adult lives where we are afraid of being hurt and disappointed. We don’t want to give up the very thing which has been there all along. Drugs, alcohol, secret sins, food, bad relationships and various other addictions are not our security. They are not our comfort. They are not to be trusted. Only God. God is the only one who will never let you down. He will be there from the beginning until the end. You can take Him where ever you go. You can share every secret with Him.
One final thought. In the beginning, we are not the ones who get to choose who cuts the cord. When it comes to our false comforts we don’t have to do anything but trust God to take them and heal us from the aftermath. We run around this big earth thinking we have to do more. Thinking we are the ones who have to fix ourselves before we can go to God. Those are lies. God will take your Blankie. All you have to do is believe.
Dear Lord, Help me today to trust you with my Blankie. I choose today to trust you with my Blankie. I believe You can be trusted. I believe You are my source of comfort and security. Lord let me learn that the past is behind me and You are right in front of me, waiting to heal me. I thank You Lord for removing those things in my life which are not of You. I pray for all those who feel stuck in their sin or addictions that they made find true comfort in You alone and be healed from their wounds. In Jesus Name. Amen.