So I’ll admit it. I’ve been known to enjoy a good episode of Sesame Street. I can remember watching it as a kid and then twenty-five years later with my girls when they were little. Once all my daughters were in school, the house seemed really quiet one day. I was washing dishes and was elated that my TV remote could still change channels from my kitchen clear across the room into the family room.
As I started to flip channels, I had to stop and enjoy an upbeat song that Ernie was singing on Sesame Street. He was explaining to those around him that he wanted to play the saxophone but couldn’t because he had to hold on to his beloved rubber duckie. Celebrities, professional athletes, and furry puppets all sang back to him: “You gotta put down the duckie. You gotta put down the duckie. You gotta put down the duckie if you wanna play the saxophone!” It was such a catchy tune that before it was over, I was twirling in my kitchen, dishcloth in hand, singing along to “you gotta put down the duckie.” Seriously, the tune is just that catchy or I’m just that easily amused.
Later that day I was in my prayer chair, calling out to the Lord. I remember telling Him, “Lord, I want to be ALL that You created me to be. I want to be fully surrendered to Your plan for my life. I want to go further in my walk with You. I want to hear You more clearly and understand Your ways better.”
I felt Him quietly speak to my heart: “Then you gotta put down the duckie.”
The duckie? What duckie? I heard in my heart, “Remember that television sitcom you’ve been watching with the couple that is having sex but isn’t married? That duckie.” I started to realize that I was holding onto some things—duckies—that were keeping me from being fully clean before Him.
I know, I know… you might be saying, “But we are clean because of Jesus’s blood. We live under grace and don’t have to be ‘good enough.’” I totally agree. There is nothing we can do to earn God’s love. He will never love us more than He does right now. He sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins so that when we believe in Jesus and His shed blood for us, we can be His sons and daughters.
I am just pointing out that when we lay down ungodly habits in our lives, our hands are open in order for us to advance, mature, and be trusted with more. We will be free to play the saxophone.
Check it out on YouTube. It really is a catchy song!
I will walk in my house with a blameless heart. I will set before my eyes no vile thing. –Psalms 101:2b