With the warmer weather finally on it’s way, I look forward to running around inside and outside with bare feet! One of the problems that seems to come with enjoying life sans shoes and socks are all of the microscopic objects that can find their way under your skin. As I ran on the treadmill Friday morning (due to yet another rainy day), I felt that sharp, familiar pain that only comes from a dog hair migrating into the ball of my foot. Please tell me that I am not the only dog owner that ends up with dog hairs lodged beneath their skin due to their furry friends.
I didn’t want to stop in the middle of my run to examine my foot with glasses and a tweezer, so I chose to finish my run by transferring the weight and pressure to the side of my foot instead. My mind began to think about the many variations of old fables like the lion and the mouse where a small, meek mouse would help a grouchy, scary, large lion remove a thorn from it’s paw. This would soothe the savage beast and they would be friends forever.
When I think about how this translates to human beings, I immediately thought of the saying, “Hurting people, hurt people.” If you have someone in your home, school, church or work environment who is a bit caustic, it is usually because there is a thorn in their paw (from a past or current hurt) that needs to be removed. When we have a splinter in our foot that is not removed, the skin begins to swell up around the area that has been infected by the splinter. It’s the same with our personal hurts. If they are not dealt with, a wall of protection will be erected around the hurt and will make it more complicated to remove. Sometimes thorns can choke out our fruitfulness.
I can’t stand to walk on my foot if there is something stuck under the skin. It causes me pain and to walk awkwardly. I can no longer walk or run effectively or to my fullest potential without my balance being thrown off. We know that the same will happen with unresolved hurts from our past. If you have been running from taking care of an old (or new) issue, I encourage you to put on your spectacles (which include prayer and possibly the help of a godly friend) and grab a pair of tweezers (the Word of God and the Holy Spirit’s guidance) and allow your Maker to remove the thorn from your soul today.
17 The light of Israel will become a fire,
its holy one a flame,
which will burn and devour
its thorns and thistles
in a single day.