by Macy Johnson
“The man of integrity walks securely,
but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.”
(Proverbs 10:9 NIV)
“Be sure to wear shoes on the dock!” I called out as my grandchildren ran toward the water. “Some of the boards need to be replaced soon!”
It wasn’t long after my warning that my son carried Noah to the house to remove a splinter from his big toe. As I watched Alex deftly free the tiny sliver of wood, I was reminded of an incident that occurred many years ago.
When I was a junior in high school we lived two houses down from Pensacola Bay. A friend was spending the night and wanted to build a bonfire on the beach. We sneaked out of the house while everyone else was sleeping and headed for the shore. After a fun fireside chat, we foolishly tossed the smoldering logs one-by-one into the water.
My friend screamed that she got a splinter in her hand. No big deal, I thought, we’d get it out at the house. Was I in for a shock! It looked like a charred ink pen sticking out of the base of her thumb! We ran back to the house, woke my parents, and headed for the emergency room. Our secret rendezvous spoiled by a splinter!
Several years ago a co-worker committed fraud. He claimed false expenses on his travel account and used the funds to purchase a motorhome. His splinter was exposed. “Your sins will find you out,” as my mother used to say.
I would hate to count the number of times I have disobeyed God, like my grandson disobeyed me, and was painfully stuck by an object. Did I learn my lesson? I hope so.
I will walk with integrity today and avoid all splinters. I hope you will, too!