Paper-thin Cut

Ravi Zacharias once told about a call he received late one night. The caller was someone in  healthcare, who had been exposed to a terrible disease simply because of a paper-thin cut, and was asking for prayer.[1] Ravi goes on to warn his audience to avoid those paper-thin cuts to our souls. It could come from a habit, a relationship, mindsets – things that can never satisfy – anything that might open us up to society’s ills or pull us away from God. These enticements to sin are so prevalent and some seemingly innocent.  Some come from those whose sole aim is to make money from our enslavement to these poor choices.

He was speaking at a commencement and thinking back, I wish I had made different decisions when starting out in life. Yet we make many small decisions every day – what we buy at the grocery store, how we prioritize our daily tasks, who we choose to call or whose call we ignore, what we choose to read or watch, what invitations we accept, whose opinion we choose. Robert Frost once wrote about two roads we face in life. In describing the one he chose, he said, “And that has made all the difference”. [2]

Who hasn’t made a decision they’ve later regretted? Everyone! There are times when I have to make a choice and the right one doesn’t seem obvious to me. I wish there was a neon sign saying, “this is the way!”

There’s a song which goes like this: “You are way-maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light in the darkness; my God, that is who You are.” Those neon signs pointing to the best path for our lives don’t exist, but there is a Someone who knows the way. And He has promised to lead us.

Do you have a paper-thin cut to your soul from a poor decision? Turn to the One who longs to heal you. Do you sometimes struggle with a decision you are trying to make. Go to the One who has promised to put you on the right path.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6.


[1] You can find Ravi Zacharias’ story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z5W5P2W2Jo

[2] Robert Frost’s poem can be found here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44272/the-road-not-taken

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