Would you be surprised if I told you I had horns? Funny thing is they are on opposite sides of my crown so yes they really are horns! I know they are there and it’s like having an ulcer in your mouth that you can’t keep your tongue from going to and touching, my hand keeps going to the larger one as if I am wondering if it is still there! My hair covers them so that no one knows they are there but I know and it bothers me.
A friend of mine told me today that he had a growth removed and since it isn’t cancerous everything will be fine, there may be some scarring because he had to have stitches but before long no one will ever notice it. It is kind of like the scar I have told you about before that is between my bottom lip and chin, it was very noticeable for all of my growing up years because it happened when I was about four years old and was severe enough to knock my bottom teeth loose, but now it is not very visible, but I know it’s there every time I look in the mirror.
My dad had a small, red place on his hand at the bottom of his left thumb and it didn’t look fierce or bad however when he was at the doctor getting a check-up the doctor noticed it and took a small piece to biopsy it, turns out it was a melanoma which would have been serious if it had been left longer. I could go on and on naming all types of warts and moles and small things that can cause trouble but that would just be redundant, so what is my point?
Song of Solomon 2:15 says, “Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.” Most times it is the little things that slip in on us that end up causing us big trouble. If a woman suddenly feels a lump the size of a golf ball in her breast or a big growth comes up in a mans testicle they will run to the doctor to get it seen about, but if it is tiny they might never notice it until it is too late to successfully remove it. How does that apply to your life? Put it this way, it is not one piece of chocolate candy that packs the pounds on your butt but when you eat piece after piece and then a whole box it gets ahead of you until you need to go to the fat farm.
Some drugs seem so innocent and they do help with pain, the alcohol numbs the nerves, the fellow-worker that has so many nice things to say just seems like a friend but then there comes a time that is has to be reckoned with before you become a drug addict, an alcoholic or end up having an affair and it needs to be done before the foxes get so large that you have to call in an army to get rid of them.
I heard this evening that the actor Robin Williams had taken his own life and it made me wonder what could have burdened him so heavily that he wouldn’t want to face life any longer? There were rumors of depression and drugs but who knows what the real truth might be?
There is an old hymn that tells us to “take your burden to the Lord and leave it there”, and the Bible says that God takes our sin and removes it from us as far as the East is from the West so if there is something I need to get rid of I need to first recognize that it exists then remove it by taking it to the Lord and asking Him to help me with it.
Yes there are things we have to do for ourselves like going to the doctor when we find a lump or have a pain in our chest, those are signs that we need help but after having started the process we can ask God to help make the process go smoothly, to help us get rid of whatever it is that is holding you back and hurting you. I do it on a daily basis, and by the way I have had several of these “horns” removed in the past and they are benign cysts and I promise to have these two removed before they get large enough to hang my hat on!