In case you don’t have it where you live, it’s a grass that produces sharp barbs which burrow into the flesh of animals as they walk through it.
Animals like my cat, Miss Kitty.
With each movement she makes the barbs travel farther and dig deeper.
Twice a day (at least) she comes walking in the house looking like a porcupine and I spend the next hour carefully trying to remove them from her long fur.
In a way it’s become a bonding process for us as it hurts when I remove them…fur is often ripped out with Satan’s flowers.
She has to trust that I’m doing something to help her, not to cause her more pain, though that is often the temporary result.
Our bond was put to the test this morning…I awoke to her sitting in my chair waiting for me to rise.
A foxtail seed had lodged in her eye and the eye had swollen shut around it.
It looked excruciatingly painful and it was.
The smallest of wings was still attached to the seed…if she would let me I’d have one shot to pull the thing out.
She would either trust me and let me try to remove it…or claw me to shreds for trying.
To my amazement, she stoically stood up and looked straight at me…and I plucked the seed from her eye.
She purred some thanks while cleaning the gunk from her eye with her paw.
Two things I learned this morning…
The world is like a field full of foxtails and as we go through it many barbs afflict us…some fall off, some burrow down and cause constant pain.
Sometimes we need someone else to remove them for us…we can neither see them, nor reach them, but we can surely feel them.
Thank God for those who you can trust and who love you enough to try to remove them.
The second thing is sometimes those barbs stick in a place so sensitive that only the Master can remove them.
Everyone can see the barb and the wound, but the risk is too great to remove it.
It has to come out.
The wound has to heal lest you lose vision and perhaps even life.
It takes great trust to allow Him to work.
Do it anyway, even if it causes temporary pain.
He loves you even more than I love my cat…consider it a bonding process.
You can be healed…
Make your own application…