2014-05-07 - Keeping Splinters
A couple of weeks ago, I was planting a few marigolds and snapdragons on the back deck, to spruce it up a little. While trying to sweep the potting soil away with my hand, I managed to get a splinter at the edge of my hand, just below my pinky finger. Naturally it was just far enough into my hand, that I needed to wait a couple days or so pull it out. As I waited, it first was of course very irritated, and I put some antibacterial cream in the area, to try and keep it from getting infected. As a day or two passed, the area was still painful, but it became less noticeable. I had gotten used to the amount of discomfort, and so it was a semi-normal part of my day. When another day passed, I saw that the splinter had moved, so I took a few moments and a pair of tweezers and pulled it out. Less than a day later, it was almost as if the injury had never happened. I looked down at the spot, and there was just a hint of moved skin. I was amazed at how quickly the last part of the healing process happened, once I got rid of the culprit. Are afraid to pull a spiritual splinter?
So often, we hang onto relationships, habits, ways of thinking and more that are all toxic to our spiritual growth. Like that splinter in my hand, we can have healing if we take the necessary steps. When we allow Jesus to take on our burdens, and we do not keep them, it frees us up to be in a place where we are ruled by his truth and not our own circumstances Sometimes we get used to unhealthy circumstances, painful situations and unpleasant places we are in - and we keep holding onto them - forgetting they can heal, if we just let go. We do have to choose to let go of them and hold onto Him, and continue on the race we are running for Him. I think of my daughter running the relay race on the track team at school, and when Jesus left the Earth, he handed us the baton. So pull out the splinters, toss them away - and let the healing begin. Others will be glad you did it.
I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. (Psalm 119:45)
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.