You’ve heard of Paul’s thorn right?
…how about Braden’s splinter?
When my son, Braden, was about 8 years old he came to me with an enormous splinter that he had lodged in his finger while playing outside. He held his finger with his other hand and began to timidly, yet proudly, lift it toward me so that I could see it.
In my humble opinion, the splinter was GINORMOUS!
But fortunately it was not entirely embedded under the skin and I knew I could remove it. I immediately told him that I could take care of it and remove it. As I was saying these words I was reaching toward the splinter when all of the sudden he yelled out “NO!” Instantly he pulled his whole body back and hid his hand behind his back so that I had no access to it. When I asked him why he wouldn’t let me remove it, he said, “It will hurt when you take it out!”
Mom would have had more compassion, but not me… because, without hesitation and without warning I simply grabbed Braden and his hand as fast as I could (midst the flailing arms, screaming and crying) and I simply removed the splinter within a matter of seconds.
Afterward I held up his “splinter trophy” he looked at his finger and then back at the splinter. In just a matter of seconds, he realized the splinter was gone and amazingly… so was the pain. The tears stopped, the fear stopped and a simple smile appeared.
Like Braden, you may be “living life” and all of a sudden you get a splinter or experience pain and hurt. Regardless of how the pain or hurt comes, it can be removed very simply.
When dealing with our own pain we usually react just like Braden, proud, yet hurt, but also willing to show it off to others. When we act like this, sometimes we are not actually looking for a resolution to the pain but rather for attention.
Others tend to react by withdrawing from others. Hiding the pain and keeping it all to themselves. Usually holding it in and allowing bitterness to settle in their heart. The fear is if we open up to someone we might get hurt again.
Pain is an indicator not an educator. Pain indicates that something is wrong. Pain is like a gauge, it only indicates what is going on, it tells us what needs fixed, but not how to fix it. Your Heavenly Father wants to fix whatever is wrong in your heart, mind or body no matter the experience. He has all the ability to repair anything and everything. God uses The Holy Spirit through His Word to be our educator, physician, comforter, helper and our guide to fix and in fact – prevent pain. If we choose to listen, learn and trust in Him then we can be healed of anything.
John 14:26 (KJV) “But the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
If there are hurts in your life then take it to the One who made you. God knows everything about your life and He knows how to remove the splinter – if you will just let Him.