Anyhow, long story short, i bought 2 of them for $12 each. I cringed. That was still a lot of money for a utensil...they better slice right through anything I wanted! Well slice through they did...except instead of steak or poultry, it was my left index finger.
I felt the initial contact and knew that I had cut myself. But strangely there was no blood. Shrugging it off as just a little nick, I didn't think anymore about it. No blood no foul, right?! WRONG!
The next day I woke up and realized that that little tiny nick that didn't bleed and I couldn't even really see was Killing ME!!! I took a look and sure enough, the skin was clearly slit open. It was starting to get red and irritated. As the day went on, it just got worse and worse. Finally at about 9:00 pm I couldn't take it anymore. The skin just kept getting further and further apart. It finally got to the point where I grabbed the maximum strength pain relieving cream and a band aid! I was done!
I realized that even though the cut was small and at first insignificant, the resulting damage was deep.
With this story in mind, let me ask you: is it this painful when we get separated from God?
Aren't there times in our lives when this analogy describes our relationship with Jesus to a T? Something that may start out as a small little compromise, turns into a full blown, painful, don't know how to fix it separation!
When sin enters into our lives, it usually is sneaky. We don't go from fully committed to adultery overnight. (or any sin!) There are steps that we take that are separating us from God. Steps that if we could view them from a different angle, we would never take, but steps we take all the time because we don't see the separation happening. My question to you is how long do you live with pain before you say, enough! I am done with this path that I am on! I miss my relationship with Jesus! It hurts to be separated from Him and I refuse to live like this! Do you run for the maximum strength help that you can find?
Separation is costly and painful! Not only for you, but also for those around you. Sin is sin is sin. One sin starts you on the path and another sin keeps you there, another beckons you further and yet another pushes you off the cliff. But remember that no matter how far you have run, you can't outrun the mercy and grace of Jesus! Grab His Word, hit your knees, repent, worship and praise Him! You will find that your soul is full of a peace and rest that heals any pain you have! It's time to let Him have all of you again!