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Allergies and World War III

For the first time in my life I am having a bit of trouble with some allergies.  My eyes have been red and tearing for about 3 weeks now.  Whenever I see someone I have to warn him or her that Paul didn’t punch me and I haven’t been drinking.

 But just a little while ago I had to go to get some eyewash because it felt like I had grit in my eye and oooooh, it was so irritating.  As I was swishing the solution around in my eye –I could see that the trash in the bathroom had not been taken out and there was a cobweb in the corner by the shower and the rug was covered in lint.  The Lord began to show me how little, tiny things in our lives can cause such major problems; usually problems of our own making.

 As I have been dealing with my eyes tearing – I mean that sometimes I have to carry a hankie – people are asking me all the time if I am crying?  You know after awhile I begin to feel emotional – like well, maybe I am feeling a bit sad – maybe I am just a moment away from crying!!!  That is when Satan says – “Oh, yes, what about – this and what about that???”  “You do have reason to be crying!!”

And as sure as the world there will be some little incident that happens, and my eyes are itching and tearing and I cannot see well and then the tears are running down my cheek and Paul forgot to take out the garbage, and one of the girls was acting selfish and the dog didn’t go out fast enough and then . . . . . you get the picture.  All of a sudden the world is in chaos and my heart is broken and “Why is this happening????!” 

 For women, our emotions are linked with such a hair trigger it is amazing how quickly sadness can turn to anger and anger can turn to sadness.  Maturity means that we have grown past the sudden outburst and can calmly deal with situations but I know very few women who have fully matured. J  If they are not quick with emotion then they tend to be hard as a rock and uneasily touched.  It is the fine line in between that we seek after.  That place where we can “feel” and not quake.  Where we can express and not demand. Where we can accept and not allow it to hurt our heart.  This is the maturity of God.

But how often we link our physical to our emotional to our mental to our spiritual.  The trouble with these allergies and my eyes could so easily spread to – “God why don’t you love me anymore!!!”  Some of you are laughing as you read this – perhaps you are laughing because it sounds so ridiculous and perhaps you are laughing because it is so close to home.  Those of you who are reading and thinking that you have no clue what I am talking about – go get someone to give you a hug.  Either you have attained or you are in self-denial!! J

 We must strive to reach the place where we can be stable in our responses and attitudes in the midst of allergies, sore toe, bad back, church splits, bill collectors, or snotty kids.  But we must also seek that state of maturity where we can be soft and gentle and emotionally free.  I don’t think it is God’s best for us to be stone faced and hard as a rock inside – but neither is it His will that we allow the trials of life to rip us emotionally from one cliff to another.

 I am seeing – with this “eye” problem that I am having – how such a little thing can cause me to lose my cool.  Likewise I am seeing that Jesus is using this little “eye” thing to help me “see” the desire He has for me to be controlled but not hard, yielded but not complacent, meek but not weak.


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"It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him." Lamentations 3:22-24

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