“The ground will sprout thorns and weeds, you’ll get your food the hard way, planting and tilling and harvesting, sweating in the fields from dawn to dusk, Until you return to that ground yourself, dead and buried; you started out as dirt, you’ll end up dirt.” Genesis 3:18-19
Most of the plant life in my yard have thorns. It doesn’t take long to figure out which ones require leather gloves and salad tongs to handle. If you step on one, you will need a pair of needlenose pliers to extract the thorn. They demand respect and get it from me.
One of the worst offender is the jumping cholla. The first time I took a walk in the desert my friend warned me to stay clear of the fuzzy cactus because they will jump out at you and spray with tiny thorns. The don’t actually seek you like a guided missile but even when you think you are being careful, you can be a victim of its painful needles.
Adam and Eve had been warned of the consequences of eating from the fruit of the forbidden tree. But temptation won over and their consequences continue to be part of the life of all humans. Apostle Paul spoke of the thorn in his side–punishment for his sins.
I am grateful for Jesus, who wore a crown of thorns to his death, saves me from all the thorny situations I get into every day.
Lord, help us to be aware of the thorny patches in our lives. Amen.