One of Caleb's current favorite activities is to walk around the house with a small saucepan in one hand and a plastic spoon in the other. For some reason, he believes that he needs these items as he has adventures throughout the day. He'll hit a ball with the spoon, put something in the pot, and store them in strategic locations that only he knows the significance of.
This pot, this spoon... they are his stuff.
Today he had crawled inside his big brother's ball toss game. He played there happily for awhile, but when he was ready to leave, he found he could not figure out how to crawl back out. He had his pot, he had his spoon, he was ready to move on... but he couldn't. He was stuck.
So, being the good mommy that I am, I went to help. I gently took the pot and the spoon out of his hands and laid them right outside ball toss game. With his hands free, he was then able to crawl out. As he reclaimed his pot and spoon, I said in my gentlest Mommy-teaching-a-lesson-to-a-one-year-old voice, "See Caleb. Sometimes you have to put down your stuff in order to be free!"
He nodded in his One-year-old-who-wants-to-get-back-to-playing-so-I'll-agree-with-you way and toddled off.
But I stood still.
Because as I said those words to Caleb, I realized that they were really for me.
I could almost see God nodding His head and smiling. Repeating my advice back to me. Relieved that I had finally heard.
"Grace... sometimes you have to put down your stuff in order to be free!"
Put down your fear. Put down your burdens. Put down your sin. Put down your plans.
Put it down and crawl out this place where you're stuck.
Put it down and be free!
There are so many things in this life that try to enslave us. It could be pride, it could be insecurity. It could be busyness, it could be laziness. It could be fear, it could be pain. It could be our own wants and desires and dreams and plans.
Your stuff might look different than mine.
But the invitation is the same.
Put it down.
Put down your stuff and be FREE!