It’s amazing that something so small can affect my entire body. One minute I was walking around the house totally unaware of the sole of my foot and another I could not go any longer without examining the wounded place and seeking healing.
Last Friay, Good Friday, I was off from work and it was a busy day. I spent much of the day attending to chores and errands, yet found some time in the late afternoon to rest. I kicked off my shoes, sank into my chair and relaxed to enjoy a few quiet moments.
As do all good things, the time for my break to end and I quickly busied myself in activities around the house. Rather quickly, I began to notice a sharp pain in my left foot. Having previously suffered from fasciitis on multiple occasions, I dismissing the pain as related to such and went on about my chores. Unlike fasciitis, however, the pain never dulled but in fact increased with every step.
I sat and felt the area, picked at it, and examined it but with each attempt the results were negative. I found nothing in my foot, yet each time I bore weight the pain alerted me that something was amiss. This wasn’t fasciitis pain: this pain needed attention and it needed attention quickly.
I searched for tweezers, but could not find any instead turning to my handy Leatherman Micra (everyone should have one of these!), I began to gently probe at the increasingly tender red spot on the sole of my foot. Though I could not see it with my eyes nor feel it with my fingers, eventually the precise tool found an object that was not flesh: a tiny (about 1-2mm in diameter) piece of glass.
The glass did not belong and though the glass was small, the wound it produced was growing with each step.
I wonder: “What things do I allow into my head and heart, however small they may be, that affect me in a similar way?” Earlier in the week a fellow blogger had posted this clip from Ravi Zacharias speaking of the dangers of pornography. The analogy he uses is quite profound.
James 5:16 exhorts us all to “confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”
Brothers, let us not allow even a small thing into our hearts, but let us openly confess to another and pray for one another so we may find healing.