“NOOOOOO!” the three-year-old screamed. “DON’T!!!”
Her daddy was approaching with tweezers in order to remove a splinter from her little finger. “You have to be still and let me get it out,” he said, “or else it won’t get better. Your finger will keep hurting as long as it’s in there.”
Finally, the little girl frowned, closed her eyes, and braced herself for the pain. Indeed, she was relieved when it was gone, and soon she was playing happily once more.
“NOOOOO!” the grown-up child of God screams. “DON’T TOUCH THAT SPOT.”
As her Heavenly Father approaches, he tells her calmly and gently, “That splinter in your heart has to go. Why don’t you let me take it out?”
“That area is very tender, raw and sore. It will hurt for you to touch it.”
“It has been there for a long time. How are you dealing with it?” he inquired.
“I covered it with a band-aid so I won’t have to look at it,” she answered. “I just try to ignore it.”
“You can’t treat a splinter with a band-aid,” he said lovingly. “Here, let me see . . . ”
With a tender look on his face, the Heavenly Father shook his head when he spotted the band-aid decorated with smiley-faces. “This is not the way to heal a heart splinter, just covering it with this smiley-face band-aid,” he told her. “You should know that by now.”
She knew he was right, so she finally frowned, closed her eyes, and braced herself for the pain. Surprisingly, the removal of the heart splinter was not as painful as she had expected, and she was indeed relieved when it was gone.
Soon, she was playing happily once more.