Splinters

The weather has been fluctuating here in southeastern Nebraska. I’ve worn shorts and been barefoot during a sunny, 70 degree day only to scrap snow and ice off my windshield the following morning. Welcome to March.

Each morning I have gone to the bird coop to met out the ducks and chickens. I feed them, collect eggs, and check the flock for any issues. My wardrobe includes my all important muck boots. Knee high rubber boots that withstand the yuck, mud, and such that can occur in a pen after a winter of snow and rain.

This week I noticed my right arch was tender whenever I put pressure on my right foot. I figured I had bruised my arch from the boots and all the walking I had done recently. I couldn’t find a bruise, but I figured it was just a deep bruise.

Last night, my arch was very tender, so I took off my sock and found I had a small thorn, about a quarter of an inch long in my foot. Within a few minutes I had removed the thorn, disinfected the area and felt relief. My arch is still tender, but now that the cause has been taken out I know it can heal.

Sin works the same way. it works it’s way into our heart and if it’s not removed it will fester. If someone else points out the splinter – touching the skin it is under, the person with the splinter will cry out in pain and often anger. Some may even smack the hand away for causing the pain.

After a while, if left untreated, the infection can take over. The smallest splinter, if left under the skin, can cause the biggest risk to the body. One such danger is sepsis or septicemia, often called blood poisoning. The very system designed to bring life to your body now carries infection and can lead to death.

There is only one way to prevent this from happening. Remove the splinter. Remove the sin. Confess it to a mentor. Confess it to your pastor, your spiritual brother or sister in Christ. Ask for prayer, be honest about it. Whether it is gossip, a food addiction, or pornography. Confess it. As I heard it explained recently, “We are only as sick as our secrets.”

The enemy wants us to feel shame, he wants us to feel that our issue, our sin, is too big for God to forgive.

That is a lie, straight from hell itself.

There is no sin so big, so daunting, so shameful, that God cannot forgive it. No excuse that can be spoken to say your sin is unforgivable.

Best Beloved, Christ’s death on the Cross was “once, for all.” It wasn’t for everyone, but you. It was for everyone, including you.

It’s time to stop polishing your splinter.

It’s time to remove it. If you cannot do it alone, do it with someone who will walk with you as you recover. whether it is a brother or sister in Christ, a recovery group, or a treatment facility.

Get the tweezers, some disinfectant, and remove it. Through the power and blood of the Cross, it’s time for the healing.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, (1 John 1:9, HCSB).

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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