I had this "thorn" in my flesh.
It was relentless; a constant struggle that refused to go away.
I prayed and prayed and PRAYED, yet it remained.
In my prayer, at first, I simply begged God to remove the "thorn".
He didn't. And I was mad. I was irritated. I was like, "What's the deal, Lord?! Can you not hear me? I'm begging you to help me out, and you're refusing to take this from me?!?"
And then I started praying about the situation that brought the "thorn" into my life. Not because I wanted to, but because I was desperate to find a new avenue that may help ME be rid of it.
I prayed each and every time the thorny-thoughts entered my head, despite my desire to give in to the thorn. I prayed for any person that might be involved. I prayed for other people that may have similar thorns. I rebuked the devil and all but doused myself in Holy water in my desperation to have that thorn be gone forever.
I prayed specifically that I wouldn't give in and let the thorn be a part of my life.
This lasted for almost 2 years.
And then, one day, I got to see a little glimpse of why God chose to leave that thorn in my flesh.
I saw a small-bite-of-fruit from those prayers I had been praying. I saw eyes opened, and I saw revelation.
To put it simply- I thought I was just praying for myself, but it turns out- God chose to leave that thorn there so that I would PRAY MY GUTS OUT about the situation. He used my prayer for a greater purpose. He used that thorn for a bigger picture.
Is the thorn completely removed?
Not completely. But, I see it's purpose. And that's HUGE.
The "thorn" has allowed me to gain a new empathy for those that struggle with these things. It's given me a heart for situations that I typically would NOT have understood.
I'm able to show compassion instead of judgement...
I've learned this:
Sometimes we have thorns- and if we are careful not to give into them, they can be used to teach us how to be more like a Christian and less like religious-goody-two-shoe fools.
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