"And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?" Matthew 7:3
Have you ever been really mad about something that when looking back on it, really wasn't that big of a deal?
Is there someone in your life whose actions just drive you insane day in and day out?
Do you ever tend to overreact to things and say things in the heat of the moment that later, you wish you could take back?
Yeah, me too.
I have come to experience that God is gracious. I've learned that when there are situations when the reaction doesn't always necessarily fit the circumstance, at least not to the degree that I am reacting to it, there is usually something going on in the hidden places deep in my soul. Things that I don't realize.
I think God allows us to see specks in one another's eyes in order to illuminate the planks in our own eyes. The thing is, many times we don't understand that and react to the speck when really, God is using the speck to reveal the plank. So maybe it would be beneficial to take a step back upon encountering the specks and ask God to reveal our own planks.
If you think in literal terms, it makes sense that it would be difficult to see our own planks without help. Planks can be very painful. No wonder we would prefer to focus on the speck. You can blink and move your eyelid around to remove a speck. But a plank? Ouch.
Rather than yanking the plank out, the Lord, in His mercy, reveals them to us instead, in order that we would see them and relinquish them to Him. He won victory over our planks when he hung on a "plank" and declared, "It is finished." God always illuminates. Lord, give me eyes to see.
Next time you find yourself overly emotional or utterly annoyed, take a "time out" before reacting and ask God if there is a plank that he is trying to reveal and if so, that you would have eyes to see it and strength to endure the pain of exposure as well as plank removal.