Jay is in the toilets ALL the time. We officially have locked our toilet and because that was not enough we keep the bathroom door closed at ALL times. However, we are raising a little ninja who still manages to get in ALL the toilets and ALL the things.
I don’t get it. Does he not care that the toilet is so gross?
Here’s the thing. We often get ourselves into trouble because we don’t see the problem at hand. Like Jay, we don’t see the germs that lurk in the toilet that we continue to splash in. Jay does not see the toilet as a threat. He can only see a toilet that is so tempting. He does not understand the concept of germs. He can only see what he wants to see. We continue to take him away from the toilet and set up stronger barriers and he continues to crawl in the direction we are adamantly calling him away from.
In Genesis 3 we learn about the disobedience of Adam and Eve. God gave them one boundary in the Garden of Eden. They could eat from any tree with the exception of one. They could not eat fruit from the Tree Of The Knowledge Of Good And Evil. Did they listen? No. Of course not! They each took a bite from a fruit from the forbidden tree. The fruit was too tempting. Maybe it looked so satisfying? Was it dripping with flavor? We do know that the serpent was pushing them to eat the fruit. Telling them lies. Whispering that God is only fooling them. Unfortunately, rather than listen to God (He does know best) they chose to listen to the lies the enemy and their eyes told them. They chose to disobey and now here we are ALL tempted to touch ALL the toilets we are told to stay away from.
Listen! God has set up boundaries in our life for a reason. He has put a lock on that toilet for a reason. He is walking you away over and over for a reason. He is yelling “DON’T EAT THAT FRUIT” for a reason. While we might not know His reason we can still submit to His authority.
There are so many tempting moments in life. These temptations don’t always look the same. Regardless of if the temptation is a fun toilet or dripping fruit, if God says “no” then stay away. Don’t open the toilet. Don’t touch the fruit. Don’t just look under the lid. Don’t just take a quick smell. DON’T GO NEAR THAT TOILET! Step back. Trust God.