2 Corinthians 12:7, NIV: To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.

What Paulís thorn was, exactly, remains a mystery. Many have ventured a guess. But what his thorn was is not nearly as important as to why it was there. Paul was aware of the magnificence of the work God was doing through him. He realized how easy it would be to take pride in such things. In Paulís understanding, his thorn kept him from thinking too much of himself. We too are blessed with thorns. They are the uncomfortable things God allows to remain in us in order to keep us from becoming prideful, and with the purpose of drawing our hearts to Him. But, because of sin, we also suffer the curse of thorns--the thorns of sin that drive us from God. Through Christ, these thorns can be removed. As we place ourselves at Godís feet, and are filled with Him, He can remove the thorns from the inside out; filling us so that the thorns have no place left in us to reside.  We cannot know all the reasons for the thorns, but we can trust God does, and that He knows what to do with each and every one of them.