The other day, I was moving firewood from the backyard to our patio so we would have some dry firewood for this chilly weekend. As I was moving, of course I got a splinter in my thumb immediately. It was just a small piece sticking out and, after a couple of patient minutes, I pulled it out. My thumb still stung all evening and by the next morning, it was red and even more painful. Even though I couldn’t see it, I knew there was still more of that splinter deep within my skin. I tried to deny it was there because, to be honest, I didn’t want to have to dig it out with a needle which makes me cringe a little bit. So I tried to ignore it. I even tried to convince myself that it was not more splinter. I favored my thumb to avoid the pain to the point where my thumb was absolutely useless. Sounds a bit ridiculous, right?
Yet, there are those of us who do the same with wounds to our heart. Whether it be our own sins, those of others or just circumstances that have caused injury, there are times where pieces go embedded deep in our souls and as we continue to try to function with them, afraid of what it would take to be free from it. It may not even be that apparent to us. However, as time goes on, even the slightest of things cause pain in the sensitive area. We protect it. We coddle it. And as long as we continue with it, we will certainly never heal.
Dealing with splinters is not pleasant. But as I had to go about my day……I was really needing the complete use of my thumb. So, I did what needed to be done. I did what I needed to do to get it to the surface. It wasn’t pleasant, but it wasn’t as bad as my fears had made it out to be in my mind. The relief was almost immediate, and I was able to do the things that I had purposed for the day.
So it is with these kinds of sensitive wounded areas in us. Maybe we still feel the sting in certain places because we are afraid to trust God with the root of the hurt by asking Him to bring it to the surface and remove it. I have to tell you that He is a kind and gentle Father. Even if dealing with the things we have been carrying around with us for years and years may not be pleasant at the time, He is gentle, gracious, and merciful. He will handle you with care and He knows what you need in dealing with these things and healing from them. Only trusting Him with it and surrendering it to Him will ever bring complete healing. In doing so, you will find yourself being ready and able to do the things that He has purposed for you. Also, I would like to add that you aren’t meant to do this alone nor are you the only one who has to deal with splinters at times. Find Godly friends who can and will speak life and healing over you. People who will walk this walk with you and have been there themselves. We all have.
God is good and He is faithful. Are you willing and ready to trust Him with your splinters?