When my children were young, they each had a lovey which was a small blanket with satin trim and a stuffed animal head attached. Julia’s was a lamb, Jay’s a bear, and John Mark’s a froggie. They adored their loveys and would not sleep without them. Just holding the lovey and rubbing the satin gave them comfort. They’ve all outgrown the constant need for their loveys, and I can’t really tell you when it happened. But gradually they all found interests that required them to put down the lovey in order to pick up something else.
In life, there is a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing (Ecclesiastes 3:5). There’s a time to hold something (or someone) close to you, and then we must let go of that firm grasp when it’s time, freeing up our hands to lay hold of something new that God is bringing into season.