The Scab Picker

The Scab Picker

Lord, I placed this issue in Your hands, why aren’t You taking care of it?

Ah, Peggy, how can I, when you keep taking it back?

Ever found yourself in that situation? For some reason, we can’t just commit a problem to the Lord and simply let it go. We worry on it. It gnaws at us. It can bring on indigestion, maybe even depression at times. Could it be because, in our hearts, we really haven’t surrendered it completely to Him?

I’m sure you’re wondering about my chosen title for this post, right? Well, sadly, it describes me.

You see, whenever I discover a scab on my body from a small cut or a mosquito bite, or whatever, I can’t resist picking at it. But sometimes that scab isn’t ready to come off. Still, I persist, which results in reopening the wound, causing it to bleed, a new scab is formed, and the picking process starts all over again. And sometimes this cycle will leave a permanent scar to remind us of how dumb it was to pick off that fist scab to begin with.


And I know this! I know that if I pick on that scab, I’m only slowing down the healing process.

It’s the same with heart wounds. Someone has hurt us deeply. Perhaps betrayed a confidentiality; lied about us; said cruel things behind our backs we eventually hear about. Those hurts leave inner scabs, and we pick at them by not being able to forgive and/or forget.

Unlike God, Who forgives and remembers no more, we humans often find that difficult, and it shouldn’t be.

In 1 Peter, Chapter five, we read in verses 6-7: Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you. [NKJV]

I am also reminded of the words from an old hymn: Take your burdens to the Cross and leave them there.

Hard to do? Oh yes, as in the quote at the beginning of this post. It is so tempting to keep snatching back that which we’ve committed to Him. Why do we do that? Because we feel He’s not acting fast enough. It’s sometimes hard to remember that if it’s in His will, He will get it done . . . in HIS perfect timing.

And that’s the prayer that never fails: Nevertheless, not MY will, but Thine be done.

Peg Phifer About Peg Phifer

Multi-published author Peggy Blann Phifer writes a mixture of contemporary women’s fiction with three parts suspense, three parts mystery, and four parts romance, stirred up with a sprinkling of humor. Peg believes God has a sense of humor and that He intended to place laughter into our lives no matter our circumstances. Read more on her website.


  1. Oh Peg! You are not alone in this. I do this as well. I ask the Lord to take it but then I feel the need to badger him with requests or worry so I can keep an “eye” on what’s happening. It’s hard to let go…. thank you for reminding us that letting go is easier if we trust.

  2. Thank you, Cherie. Complete trust comes hard, especially when we are at our weakest, most fallible selves.

  3. Toni Shiloh says:


  4. Thanks, Toni 🙂

  5. Tina Dorward says:

    Such a great reminder Peg and definitely difficult to do…let go and trust and Him and His perfect timing. Thanks for the reminder.

  6. Hi, Tina, yes, it is definitely a difficult thing to do, and I imagine it’s the same for all of us at times. We want answers and we want them . . . NOW 🙂

  7. Janet K Brown says:

    I love this post, Peg. That’s a prayer I have to pray daily, “not my will, but Thine be done.” That’s what kept me bound in food addiction for years. I’d pray about it, but walk away dragging it behind me again. It didn’t work then. It doesn’t work now.

  8. Janet, I know! Why is it that we just can’t let go if it? At the bottom of my blog I have this: “Keep listening for that still small voice if you are weary on life’s road. The Lord will make your heart rejoice if you will let Him take your load.” I even have it taped to the bottom of my computer monitor. But how often to I really read and believe it? Thanks for leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

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