A sharp pain pricks my index finger as I work. I stop, wipe off my hands, and take a look. Nothing. Maybe I brushed it off when I wiped my hands. I go back to work. No, the pain is still there. Something has lodged itself in my fingertip. I look again. Nothing. I decide to finish the job, then wash my hands and look again. Still nothing.
I try to continue about my day, but the sharp poking is just too much. So, I hunt down a pin and a pair of tweezers. I turn on a brighter light and look. There seems to be something there. I pick at it. But, no, that’s the wrong place. I look some more. I find the right place, but can’t see anything. Whatever it is doesn’t stand out enough to see. But I can feel it. And it hurts.
I have to look for more light. Better light. Stronger light. And magnification. Viewing through eyes beyond my own and a light greater than normal. I go to my sewing light with the magnifying glass and look again.
Still nothing but discomfort.
So, I try again to wash it out, this time by going to take a nice, hot shower. Sure enough, as I’m drying off, out it comes. Almost too small and white to even see, but the relief is immediate.
In the life of a growing believer, we often rub against this world and find that portions of it have jabbed themselves into our lives. We immediately know something is amiss, but we might not know exactly what. We begin to question and search, but it might not be something we can discern in the light of this world. So, we go brighter. We go to the Word and try to see ourselves through God’s eyes. Sometimes that provides enough magnification to see the splinter, but not always. Sometimes we need the shower – a full presentation of ourselves before God in confession and repentance. As we come before Him asking Him to search us and cleanse us, He magnifies our spiritual vision even more. His Word becomes clearer, and our splinters are washed away.
What is pricking at you today? What thing – even the littlest thing – is keeping you from walking in strength through each day’s tasks? May we all hunger to attack these splinters of life immediately, keeping ourselves fully useful to the One who cleanses us.