The Splinter

Have you ever had a splinter in your finger? Or anywhere else? Remember how it hurt?

I was talking to someone today and they said, “It's amazing how one tiny little sliver can make you want to rip your whole hand off.” They had gotten a tiny little splinter from carrying wood.  Now it was hurting. Apparently, they did not realize it was there at first.  Now it was causing them pain.   They had taken it out.  But the place where it was still needed healing.

 Sometimes at first, we don’t even know we have a splinter because it is so tiny.  We think we feel something.  We look but we don’t see anything. We think, “Oh, must have imagined it.  Must be fine.  It will quit hurting soon.” So we ignore it.  But later our finger begins to throb.  Maybe fester and swell up.  Maybe even--horrors--get filled with pus. We know now there is something there.

Isn’t it like that with the tiny sins?  Maybe sins of omission? Maybe the little white lies?  Maybe just listening to gossip? You can imagine you own.
At first we think, “Oh, this is no big deal.”
Then as time passes we realize something is not right.  I am not hearing Jesus as well as I usually do.  Or maybe the Word is getting kind of boring. Or I just feel irritable.

Sometimes, at the time, we were not even aware of doing whatever we did.  Just as this person was not aware of the splinter at first.
But just like the splinter, underneath, in our spirit, something happened when we sinned.  A festering began.
Just like the pain of the splinter, the pain of our separation from the awareness of God will cause us to want to know what we did.

I am thankful that the person shared the splinter.
I am thankful the reminder that even tiny little sins (and of course there is no tiny sin) will separate us from fellowship with our Father.
I pray that more and more, I will walk in his truth, his love, his provision and in so doing not get entangled in the sin which so easily entangles us.  And separates us from our source of light and life.

Just as the festering around a splinter, or the pain of it will cause us to be diligent in getting it taken care of, so also may our spirits quickly tell us when we stray. Then we can turn and take the “tweezers of repentance” out and  get rid of the “splinter” that causes separation. Then he will also come and clean out the “infection” and purify us.


Hebrews 12:1
[ God Disciplines His Sons ] Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.