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Summary: We all have spiritual "warts" that we need to get rid of. How many of us see the wart, but then refuse to do anything about it?

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THE WART ON THE END OF MY NOSE

by Pastor Jim May

Imagine with me for a moment if you will, that you are just awakening from a long night’s sleep.

How many of you can really relate to Proverbs 6:10 when it says, "Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep?" Every morning when I wake up, that’s my prayer. Lord, just a little more sleep, a little more slumber and a little more of time to relax. I suppose you can tell I’m not a “morning person”.

Take a journey now with me using your imagination. Your imagination can take you anywhere you want to go. It can help you to become anyone you want to for a while. That’s why so many people love to read novels. If the author is a good writer, the book will draw you into it so much that you forget, for a while, what reality is and immerse yourself into an imaginary world.

So today, I want to take you into that imaginary world with me and get involved in this message.

I get slowly get out of the bed, one leg at a time, open one eye and then the other, trying to bring the world into focus. Then I remember, I don’t have my glasses on and the world will never focus without them. Now where did I set them down? I finally manage to stumble across the half-lighted room, into the bathroom and turn on the light. Wow! What a shocker! Why I ever painted that room white I’ll never know. Once the blindness goes away and my eyes begin to adjust, I look into the mirror. I’ve looked in that mirror so many times before, but today I notice something very different. I rub my eyes to make sure that I’m really seeing right. There it is, big as a thimble. There’s no mistaking it. There’s a wart on the end of my nose.

My, what an ugly wart it is! How did it get there? I don’t remember it being there before and I believe I would have noticed something as hideous as a wart on the end of my nose. Nevertheless, there it is, big as day! It absolutely ruins my otherwise handsome face. How can I go out in public with something like this on my nose? Everybody will be laughing at me and pointing at me. I just have to do something about this wart on the end of my nose! I have to hide it with a mask, cover it somehow. No one can be allowed to see the real me. The real “me” is just too hideous to look at. I have to give the right appearance to be accepted in my circle of friends.

I wash my face, put on my mask and turn away from the mirror to continue on my journey for the day and out the door I go. Life is so very demanding. I have a thousand things on my mind. It’s easy to forget what I have seen and to get engrossed in the cares of life.

It doesn’t take long until I forget that there’s a wart on the end of my nose. I even forget that I’m wearing a mask. In fact, the mask has been on so long now that I have begun to believe that I actually look like that mask for real. I quickly try to wipe away all memory of the wart. I will never allow anyone to see what I really am. They might not like me anymore. They might criticize me, laugh at me or run from me.


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