Behold - the newest version of sunblock on the market.

Isn't this a little - odd?

A hunk of refuse lying on top of its own podium, created because it has become its own sunblock, preventing Spring's wholesome rays from reaching underneath.

I have passed this discarded car mat in the highway ditch several times. Today, I just couldn't resist. I hopped out of my car and preserved it for posterity, because I could hear the life lesson speaking to me, loud and clear.

What garbage is blocking the Son's rays in your life?

Oh, I get it. My own SPF (self-protection factor) has been incredibly high for years. All sorts of layers of assorted riff-raff have wrapped me so tightly, God's good intentions haven't been allowed in where it really matters. Old habits, apathy, denial, pain, unconfessed sin - you name it, I've worn it, a shield to keep my shattered spirit from further harm.

I'm sure at times, my actions have been as out of place as this eye-sore in the ditch.

And the end result is, the Son's healing power won't reach my roots, where the real healing begins...

For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’  Matthew 13:15

So many things can be set up in our hearts that reject these healing rays. Keep us from softening under the influence of the truth. Grip us tightly enough with their Son-blocking properties that we end up calloused, unable to respond in appropriate ways to the life-giving warmth Jesus brings.

Hmmm.

I have some garbage to clean up. I don't want my personal SPF to keep me from soaking up that marvellous Sonshine!

Friend - what SPF holds you back from your healing?

I have had more than a few giggles today, thinking about the conversations which must have taken place in the passing vehicles while I was getting this shot this afternoon....