As a beautiful rose has sharp thorns on its stem, so the most happy life can have a few thorns here and there and now and then. Do you have thorns in your life? Are there people or circumstances that you have said were ‘a thorn in your side’?? I have and I do. And sometimes they get me down.
The thorn on the rose can so quickly tear the skin and cause blood to flow. Just as quickly thoughtless words or actions can tear the heart and cause hurt and tears to flow. If the tip of a thorn gets imbedded in your skin it will irritate you to no end. People or circumstances can do the same thing. I’ve been dealing with this a bit lately. Just when I think things are going great a comment on facebook, a photo on instagram, or a thoughtless remark can send me spiraling into a well of insecurity, doubt and irritability.
And then I wonder how recently I have done the same thing to someone else without even realizing it. And how often I take things in a way that is not how they were meant. The things said on facebook, twitter, emails, etc. don’t necessarily carry the connotations I put on them when I read them. They aren’t necessarily meant to be thorns aimed at me. Even when it feels very much like they are. It makes me stop and rethink things that I put out there on social media. And the comments I leave on what someone else has said. And sometimes it comes to the point that I unfollow or hide someone from my reading list. Sometimes it isn’t worth the stress. Even if it is not intentional some things don’t need to be a part of my life. If it’s not edifying and is causing me heartache or tears I’m going to have to put it out-of-sight. And be ever more careful that I am not doing the same to someone else.
How do you deal with the thorns in your life? I pray you will be blessed this week with days free of thorns!
Have a blessed Sunday!