I have been the only one up for three hours now. Well, me and my puppy. But, the other humans are still snoozing. So, it’s my job to keep the fire going. We heat with wood. The plus side to that is the cozy warmth we have all winter in our home. The negative side is it takes work to keep the fire going.
After stoking the hot coals (remember the process from my previous blog??), I went into the cold garage and started gathering the wood that my husband had loaded up yesterday. As I reached for another log a sliver, a tiny splinter, stuck into my finger! I let go of the piece of wood, letting it crash back into the wheel barrow, and grabbed my hand looking for blood.
Nothing. No blood. No wood sticking out of my finger. No sliver under my skin. But. WOW. Did it hurt! It’s amazing how something so tiny can inflict so much pain!
I remember when I was little girl and I would get a splinter in my finger. Often I would avoid telling my parents, because I knew it would have to be removed. It would stay in my finger—festering.
Finally I would tell my dad. He would get the tweezers, sit down with me, gently take my hand in his, and I would start sobbing. I just knew the removal was going to be worse than the splinter that was embedded in my body. Once I finally calmed enough for him to do his job, he would quickly remove the tiny wood piece and the pain would soon disappear.
Some of you have emotional “splinters” that you have been carrying around for a very long time…maybe even a lifetime. You might even have more than one. Perhaps you are full of splinters that have become infected—you are constantly in pain.
Isn’t it time that you go to your Heavenly Father and ask him to remove what’s causing your pain? I know it’s scary. Sometimes it’s hard to let go of the painful things in our lives because it feels like it might be more painful to forgive. The incredible thing about Jesus is, He will carry what we can’t. If you ask Him to, He will take your sin, your guilt, your anger, your hurt and remove it so you can heal. He wants you to live a happy, full, free life.
Today is Valentine’s Day. What better day than today to let Jesus remove all of the “splinters” that are causing you pain?
1 Peter 5:7(AMP) casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].
Psalm 147:3 (AMP) He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [healing their pain and comforting their sorrow].
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