Thinking of the times particularly when my daughter was little and I used to take her to the mall with me. There was a Department Store I loved to go shopping in for her. They would have the quad racks in the children’s section where there were clothes hanging at my eye level at the top and then on the bottom tier there were clothes hanging on my daughter’s stroller eye level. There was one visit when they were having a good sale and I was racking up. I get to the register and load the counter. Then the cashier asked, “Are you getting those too?” I looked down and how about my 2-year-old daughter went “STROLLER” shopping from that bottom tier stroller eye level. She grabbed several items and kindly placed them in front of her in her stroller and I had NO IDEA. I advised the cashier that my little one had apparently went shopping for herself and we both got a laugh. I did buy a couple of the pieces from her stroller shopping, they were adorable and surprisingly in her size so she did well that day. I feel like saying train up a child on that one.
As my daughter got a little older and out of the stroller, I would have talks with her prior to us going out to the mall. There were different scenarios we would go over. My child is an old soul born a leader, extremely INDEPENDENT very early on, very shy with a great head on her shoulders, it is just built in her hardware ALL glory to God. So, these talks with her were necessary because she would just see something and begin to walk away because she thought she was GROWN enough at 3.5 and 4. She wasn’t the child to put a harness or leash on, I did not believe in that particularly for my children nor did I need that. She was just a child that needed to be REMINDED she wasn’t grown and to wait for Mommy if she wanted to go see something because for one, this was for her safety. In our talks, I told her we are going to come up with one word and that word was GLUE. I reminded her that if she was wandering too many feet away from me, I would say the word GLUE and that would mean you are going too far from me come back, stick to mommy so you will be safe. She would literally come so close she would be glued-like to my leg. This saved us A LOT of embarrassing public moments (can I get and amen).
We as God’s children can be A LOT like my daughter was when she was little wandering off too far from our Father. He is speaking in code but we ARE NOT getting it because we haven’t sat still enough to listen to Him talk to us. He gives us instructions through His word on any and EVERY situation you can think of. He tells us who we are and how we should act and behave. He gives us warnings on the danger of the enemy. He warns us about how our flesh FEELS about spiritual things. He also shares His promises for us.
I encourage you today to let Him speak to you through His word so when you get out there and you begin to wander too many feet away from HIM, you will be able to hear his code word GLUE bring you back in. He has given us something to live inside of us called His Holy Spirit that will help us hear His code and be alerted to come closer. Also keep in mind His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. So His code word sometimes will come through situations like tests and trials He allows to come into our lives. When these things come against us we have to remember the instructions He gave and become GLUED to Him. It is so important to stay glued for the safety of your soul. Tests and trials come to make us strong in HIM bringing us closer. They come to mold and shape us into our purpose, not for us to wander further away.
Can you look at anything you may be facing right now hearing God say code GLUE? Offenses (all day EVeryday)? Code GLUE. Tests and Trials? Code GLUE. Disobedience? The Holy Spirit should be alerting a Code GLUE. We are NOT GROWN enough to do this life without Him. We are NOT GROWN enough to go anywhere without HIM. How about are you trusting Him with what He has promised you or are you putting things in YOUR LAP that is at your eye level you THINK is good for you. His Word tells us that we should be CHILD-LIKE in our faith NOT CHILDISH in our behavior. With a child-like faith you stay GLUED. Childish in your behavior, you wander a stray.
We need the Lord like never before. Hear and listen to His instructions through His word and STICK LIKE GLUE. Draw closer to Him today.
PRAYER: Father I thank you for your great Name. You are such an incredible God and I honor you. Help me to hear and listen to your instructions through your word and through private times of worship with you. I truly desire to not to wander but to stick to you like GLUE. God I commit my ways over to you now. I pray that your Holy Spirit be strengthened in me as your word says your Holy Spirit leads us and guides us into all truth. May my child-like faith be renewed and may childish behavior be dismissed out of my life. There is safety and provision in sticking to you like Glue and so this I choose. AMEN.
Hebrews 10:22 (NIV)
22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Psalm 37:5 (NIV)
5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:
Hebrews 11:6 (AMP)
6 But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.