I came of age in the 80s. So 80s movies kind of stuck in my mind. And some things from those movies were also kind of memorable. The first time I heard the word was from Michael Keaton in the movie Mr. Mom. He was trying to convince his toddler to give up his comfort blanket, but he called it a ‘woobie’. This is apparently a common term in the U.S. I looked up the origin of the word however, and even Rambo figured his woobie was his best friend according to this article. Here is an excerpt.
Ask any soldier or Marine, especially those in the infantry, how he feels about his woobie, and his eyes will light up and then mist over as he waxes lyrically over the virtues of this item. Hard-bitten combat veterans grow poetic and wistful, declaring their love for this piece of equipment. If you don’t believe me, read the Amazon reviews. It is perhaps the single most-loved item in the armed forces.
What is it, and why does it inspire this fanatical devotion?
The “liner, wet weather, poncho” as it’s officially called, consists of two layers of nylon surrounding a polyester filling, sewn up along the sides and crosswise to ensure a very tough and durable piece of equipment. Army logistics manuals fail to say what magic spells are cast over poncho liners when they are made to make them so efficient at trapping heat in and keeping the cold out. They were originally produced in the 1960s, during the Vietnam War, when U.S. soldiers and Marines were engaged in jungle fighting. The troops needed a lightweight poncho to keep them relatively dry in the wet jungles and rice paddies, but also something to keep them warm during the cool nights. Thus the poncho and poncho liner were born. While the poncho liner was almost an afterthought to the poncho, it was the liner that would steal troops’ hearts.
Human beings have always needed comfort. This is something God honours. I will never forget reading this scripture from Psalm 94 for the first time, it had a huge effect on me.
Who will rise up for me against the evildoers?
Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
17 Unless the Lord had been my help,
My soul would soon have settled in silence.
18 If I say, “My foot slips,”
Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up.
19 In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.
Verse 19 is the big revelation for me.
David confesses the multitude of his anxieties. And David was the man after God’s own heart remember. David is God’s favourite king, if I may make so bold. His love for his people caused him to rise up against the enemy Goliath and fight where not one hardened military man in Israel had the courage. David was a shepherd and anointed from his youth to be King, yet he didn’t let this go to his head. He just took his job seriously, wrestled bears and lions (no small feat) and then giants. Goliath was not totally human, he was the result of a past union between fallen angels and humans. So, this was not just a big man, it was a big demonic man. Hence the unnatural fear of the Israelites. They were facing a supernatural enemy. But to David it was “What? You are cursing our God? You have the cheek to come against God’s people? God will smite you!”
Yet here is David confessing to a multitude of anxieties. However, his first call is to his God. “Your comforts delight my soul”.
I have a question to ask you.
Have you ever spent a day just putting aside all of your comforts, the things you use to make yourself feel better, whatever they are, and we all have them, and just let God’s comforts delight your soul.
I tried it once. WOW. That’s all I can say. God’s word is true. God’s comforts literally delight your soul. If you cling to Him and Him alone, without your woobie, He will bless you with His comfort. I am not going to tell you exactly how that works – you will have to discover it for yourself. I don’t want to rob you of the delights God has in store for you!
Mr. Mom tried to get his little kid to give up his woobie, but the little guy was not ready to trust his dad. It took the whole movie, and finally he let his Dad take his blanket. Next step to growing up is to believe that you can get through life without the thing you are totally dedicated to, believing that this thing and this thing alone will save you.
We are not little kids. But deep down, we still cling to things that God wants to take from us, lovingly, gently, so that His comforts will delight our souls.
Take my advice. Let Him do it. You will NEVER regret it. AND, big bonus, you will grow up, bear fruit, bless Him, give HIM glory. And who doesn’t want to do what God has created us for!