Splinters

 Psalms 147:3-5
He heals the brokenhearted and
binds up their wounds.  He determines
the number of the stars; he gives to all
of them their names.  Great is our Lord,
and abundant in power; his understanding
is beyond measure.”

               With tears and a scratchy voice my daughter said, “Daddy….I have a splinter.  You told me that when I get one it’s better to come to you right away.”

I took her hand, and it was a doozie.  “It’ll hurt a bit, but you’ll be okay.  You’re much better off coming to me first.”

I applied pressure to the splinter, and made sure not to push it deeper.  She flared up on her tippy-toes and gasped, and the tears rolled.  I took the tweezers and grabbed the end of it, and pulled it out.

Now healing could take place.

Life’s full of spiritual-splinters, and they’re like wooden ones.  They go in with a sting, and if left to their own, they auger in deeper and get infected through bitterness and hurt feelings.  Let’s face it, people can be meaner than a briar patch, situations sticky, and life can roll you through the bramble.

The good news is that you treat it just like a child would who has a splinter.  The quicker you go to daddy, the better off you’ll be.  Father God knows exactly where and how to get your splinters of life dislodged, removed, and healed.

As humans, we naturally tend to avoid pain at any cost, which can navigate us into even more hurt and heartache.  We seem to gravitate to avoidance and denial which prolong the agony, and are accompanied with phrases like; “Time heals all wounds” (Which is seldom ever true).  There’s no guarantee that taking spiritual-splinters to God will be pain-free, but the truth in God’s word makes clear that it’s the best route, with the least amount of pain in the long run.  Then the healing can begin.

By Aaron F. Jeffers

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