Updated: Jul 16
Forty years ago while on spring break, I stepped into the lake and cut the bottom of my foot on a some shattered pieces of glass. I pulled the glass out and wrapped my foot. I was far away from any hospital so I did not have it examined. After a few weeks, the wound healed and I was able to bear weight on my foot again. I continued to play basketball and take dance classes with no problem. However, I noticed that I had excruciating pain whenever I applied pressure on the ball of my foot where the glass had entered. Foot massages were anything but relaxing for me!
I assumed some nerves were cut during the injury and I was experiencing nerve pain. I just lived with this sporadic pain for 40 years until one day I was just walking barefoot and the pain became so sharp that I couldn't walk. I finally decided to see a foot doctor and after an x-ray and MRI scan, I was shocked to find out that I still had a piece of glass in my foot after 40 years.
The doctor explained that usually when a foreign object invades the body, that the body will reject it in some way naturally. In my case, one piece of glass went so deep in my foot that my body received it as a part of itself and grew scar tissue around it. As time progressed, some nerves became entangled in the tissue causing the pain. I was not thrilled by any means to have my foot cut open again, but I knew the glass had to be cut out in order for me to walk freely. After 5 weeks in a boot and some therapy, I was as good as new.
The Lord showed me a simple revelation during this healing process.
What deep wound or offense are we just “living” with?
Are we ignoring the pain that is causing us to limp around in life defeated?
Just like the glass that entered my foot 40 years ago, there are many of you who have had something invade your life and the hurt went so deep that you took it in as a part of your identity. You haven't really dealt with it and you've covered it up. But, whenever someone or something presses on that “area”, it stings, it triggers you or sets you off. You’ve just grown to accept it, but it’s holding you back. It’s time to cut that thing out!! It’s time for surgery. Time for healing.
I want to encourage you that our God is a gentle, loving surgeon. When we cast our cares and hurts on Him, we will experience complete restoration and healing if we just receive it. We need to yield to the Great Physician and sign the dotted line and come into agreement with His truth and His promises. Although I had an actual physical surgery to remove a foreign object, God showed me many other emotional “foreign objects” that I had allowed to become hindrances in my walk. I was hobbling around internally. These foreign objects keep us from living in freedom and pursuing our destiny. For some it may be inner vows or judgments that were made because of abuse or abandonment, or it may be insecurity, rejection, pride, comparison, anger or bitterness. Whatever it is, it needs to be cut out at the root. It can be painful process at first, but God is faithful to stand with you, and even carry you, every step of the way to recovery.
We are all on a spiritual journey. No one has arrived yet, but God is constantly revealing things to us if we will just listen to His voice and trust that He is WHO HE SAYS HE IS and WE ARE WHO HE SAYS WE ARE. If you are a believer in Jesus, then you are a son or a daughter of the King of Kings and everything in the Kingdom is at your disposal when you have that title. Ask Him what the “piece of glass” might be in your life. It may have been there for years and you know it’s become a part of you and it never should have been.
Let Him show you the necessary steps towards removing it from your life so you can walk strong and move forward.
The scars will still be there, but we are victorious knowing we have a testimony and a story in those scars. God will take what the enemy meant for evil and He will turn it around for GOOD to those that love Him.
I pray for each person who reads this. May you experience the freedom that comes from receiving His healing of these deep wounds from the inside out. God’s love goes so much deeper than our wounds and by His stripes we are healed.