Have you ever wandered through a forest, park or pastureland and got home only to realize your socks and everything below the knee was covered in burrs? They are annoying, hard to get off and stick like a leech. It takes a while to pick off, and sometimes it proves better just to take the socks off throw them in the wash (or garbage if needed!) and be done with it. Walk around barefoot (my choice! 😉 ) or put on some new socks.
There are seasons of life when God wants to take us to something completely new – and give us fresh realization of the new nature we’ve been given in Him. But we can be trying to pick the burred socks when he really wants us to strip it off and start fresh. To put on something entirely new.
Ephesians 2:22-24 tells us to “strip yourselves of your former nature….which characterized your previous manner of life…And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind…and put on the new nature (the regenerated self) created in God’s image, Godlike, in true righteousness and holiness.”
I encourage you, and myself, to forget our old way of doing things when God wants to renew and remind us of our regenerated self that is created in His image.
Stop picking the burrs, strip off the old self, and let God remind you of who you really are in Him!