About six months ago my son moved from his highchair to a booster seat. We would buckle him into the seat and scoot him up to the table to eat. He started wanting to buckle himself into the booster seat, which was difficult because he had trouble clicking the latches together.
When he finally learned how to do it, he was ecstatic! Every time we would try to buckle him in, he would throw a fit. He wanted to do it all by himself. He continued to buckle himself every time he sat at the table, even when it was apparent that he no longer needed the support. My son didn’t care. He liked the comfort and the routine of it.
However, there was one problem: He did not know how to unbuckle himself. My son is a slow eater, so sometimes I would leave him at the table so I could wash the dishes or change his baby brother’s diaper. Many times I would hear him yelling, “Mommy, I’m done! Help me, Mommy! I’m done eating!” He wanted to get up and do something else; but because of his routine of buckling into the booster, he was stuck.
This example reminds me so much of us as Christians. We cling onto a routine or tradition so tightly that when God moves us in another direction, we’re stuck. We don’t know how to unbuckle ourselves from what we are comfortable with.
I wonder how many times we miss out on God’s awesome plan because we continually go back to what is comfortable. If we strap ourselves into the same routines, we may miss out on the new movement of God. Feeling comfortable, secure and protected is wonderful; but if God is moving us, we need to let go of our traditions and cling onto Him.
“And he said to them: ‘You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!’”
– Mark 7.9 (NIV)
“Lord, please help me not get too used to a tradition or routine that I’m unable to move when You call me. What is most important to me is pleasing You and reaching Your lost children whom You love dearly. Help me to recognize any routines that have caused me to lose sight of Your will.”