The Thorny Path
Posted: August 17, 2018
Imagine, if you will, a field you must pass through that is full of thorny bushes. There are parts of the path that you can clearly take that keep you away from the thorny bushes. But there are parts of the path that appear impossible to pass through without some close encounters with thorns. As I see you it, you have a few choices.
- You could just stop. Don't go any further in the path. Stay in that one place and don't move.
- You could move slowly and carefully so as not to get hurt by the thorns. You could move so slowly that absolutely no thorns rub against you. You may have to move in awkward ways. This may slow down your journey by leaps and bounds.
- You could simply move through it, noticing any injuries and tending to them if they crop up. Maybe seek some assistance if the injury is deeper than you realized or if it becomes infected. But you move along on the journey and keep going, maybe take a break here and there if you find a patch with fewer thorns or no thorns at all. I think looking for these areas for respite is so important on our path.
- And, of course, you could trim thorns. This is a tricky choice. It can seem daunting, as there are so many thorns and so many bushes. And if we aren't careful how we trim and prune the bushes and thorns, more thorns will crop up on the same bush. But trimming and pruning thorns can be good, especially in areas of the path that we want to hang out for a bit or maybe even return to.