Conversation with Friends
Recently, while hanging out with friends and having some life conversations that lead to one discussion about what is one thing that could make our life better right now, and second what are the security blankets that keep us from really reaching for our dreams and making our life better. While eating wings, watching some football and having this discussion my friend turned and said this may be your next post… and so here I am exploring the path of God’s plan for me and how I hold onto my security blanket that can hinder God’s plan for my life. My challenge to you as you continue to read is to think about what your security blanket is? What hinders you from living out God’s plan for your life.
Everyone remembers Linus in the Charlie Brown comic series. He carries his blanket without fail everywhere he goes. He doesn’t believe that he can do anything without the blanket. Many times it appears the blanket gets in the way of what Linus wants to do but without fail he will only continue on within the safety of his blanket in tow. When this question was asked in the conversation, I knew my security blanket was the safety of my hometown, where I have always lived, and my career. Over the years I have enjoyed lots of adventures in my life, but my desire to live a daily adventure, although great, is hindered by the safety of home. I need to make my home within the Lord like Psalm 16:8 reads, “I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”
Drop the Blanket
Over the Christmas holidays, I read an article about the only time Linus drops his security blanket is in A Charlie Brown Christmas when he begins to tell the Christmas Story and the real meaning of Christmas with these words, ‘And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”, Luke 2:10-11. Linus found God’s security in his word – “Fear Not” and he no longer needed to hold the blanket. I hear God’s word calling me to “Fear Not” and take the steps to release my security blanket and “Live Life”. “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14. Go and find the beauty of his world, and explore the handiwork of his hands. “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16-17. Go and watch the dolphins jump and the sun set over the water. Go and listen to the waves crash and smell the sand and salt. Go and experience the simple and slower life that I hear him calling me towards. I will need to seek God’s strength to drop the blanket. The strength found in 1 Chronicles 16:11, “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!”
I must walk in the words that Linus spoke when he dropped his blanket, “Fear Not, and know that God is with me. As I open my eyes to my security blanket and seek the strength of the Lord to fulfill my life and allow me to let go and enjoy! Psalm 34:4 encourages me to seek the Lord, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” I have to unwrap myself from my blanket in order to feel the freedom that Christ can provide for my future. I seek the freedom of John 8:36, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
Closing Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Challenge: Find your blanket and let It go.
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