Unfortunately, and fortunately, my thorn is different than most thorns I have heard described by others. Unfortunately, because I cannot recall ever meeting anyone with the thorn that presses, digs, cuts, nags, jabs, etc. at me, I often feel alone with my thorn. God reminds me I am not alone at all. He is with me, but still I yearn to be free from my thorn – and to know other people who can share with me their experiences with their similar thorn. But this is not the case – not yet anyway. So God remains before me, continuing to offer His love and grace. And, sadly, I often have my head hanging down looking at my thorn, missing what God is offering me.
Fortunately, my thorn is different than most thorns I have heard described by others. I wrote that, didn’t I? What do I mean? If my thorn were just like everybody else’s, I would spend all my time running from person to person figuring out how to deal with my thorn. I would constantly compare myself to them, constantly try to follow their instructions in dealing with their thorn, and – Well, do you see the point? I would get lost in other people instead of fall into the embrace of the Lord and become more intimate in my relationship with Him. If the truth be known, I am prone anyway to running from person to person looking for an answer. But alas, I know they do not hold my answer. God does. And, because of the intensity of my thorn, I have plenty of reason as it presses into me to press into God.
Fortunate or unfortunate, or both, I have one conclusion about my thorn. So long as this thorn continues to press itself into me, I need to press into God and hear and heed the words of Paul:
2Co 12:7 KJV “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
2Co 12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”