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Bee Stings, Sunburns, Super Glue, and Diabetes
by Katrina Douglas
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Hello everyone. Well as you know Iím always learning lessons so I just wanted to share with you some things Iíve learned this week. Well the first thing I learned was this. Bees canít fly in curly hairÖbut they sure can sting, and sting, and sting! I had forgotten how bad it hurts to be stung by a bumblebee. This wasnít a normal bumblebee though. This was King Kong of bumblebees. He had one goal in mind. Get her! He accomplished his goal furiously! I learned a good lesson through my battle with the bee. Next time I work outside, I will go stinking. Forget the sweet smelling perfume! (Although Iím sure the fact that I smelled like a sweet strawberry had nothing to do with the way he was chasing me!)
The next thing I learned was the fact that sunscreen does no good unless you actually put it on. Guess what! The sun is just as hot this summer as it was last year. Even though it hides behind clouds it can still cook you. I guess you could say I was well done. I guess everyone needs to look like lobster every now and then. There's nothing like a spotted lobster. Next time I wonít be in such a hurry that I forget my sunscreen.
Now my next lesson is a very important lesson, so listen up. If the package mentions safety gogglesÖWEAR THEM! I learned that you can hold the super glue you are trying to open way away from you, but it can still squirt very high. As a matter of fact it can squirt right into your right eyeball! I also learned that fifteen minutes is a LONG time when you are holding your head under the faucet trying to flush out your eye. Well at least it didnít glue it shut. I also learned that the emergency room nurse could make your eyeball glow. My cousin said it really glowed in the dark. By the way, do you know how hard it is not to rub your eye for at least three days? Trust me it is not easy. So from now on if you see me wearing glasses and gloves, youíll know Iím super gluing something!
The next thing I learned this week was that just about everything you eat turns to sugar. You know life just isnít as much fun without the sugar! I went to the doctor and found out that Iím a diabetic with very high blood pressure. Now that just takes all the fun out of eating. Of course thatís what got me into this mess in the first place! So after she took about fifty tubes of blood (Okay, so maybe it was only four or five, but it felt like fifty!) they let me come home. Now the real fun begins! I found out everything I like to eat is bad for me. Now I have to learn to like other things. Not only that but now I have the joy of stabbing a needle in my finger every morning. Now that will certainly make you eager to get out of bed in the morning!
The most important thing I learned this week is that God is still faithful. Even through bee stings, sunburns, super glue, and diabetes, God is still in control. No matter what I go through, I found out that He is still right there beside me. Sometimes He doesnít stop you from going into the lionís den, but He stays beside you while you are in it. Sometimes the fire gets pretty hot, but He wonít let you perish. Sometimes the needles hurt and my head begins to spin, but I find in that moment my Savior comforts me. While I close my eyes as the nurse does her work, He whispers a psalm to me. He assures me that He will walk beside me, my gentle Shepherd.
So as you can see I learned some important lessons this week. I learned that like the bee, Satan sometimes attacks ferociously. When he attacks like that the pain is often very severe. Yet God is our defense. He can ease the pain. Sometimes Satan is like my sunburn. You donít pay attention to what he is doing until it is too late. Then you have to suffer the consequences. Then again sometimes heís like the super glue. You are praying and studying and Satan attacks you from out of nowhere. He breaks through your defenses and hangs on like heíll never let go. Thatís when we sometimes feel confused, hurt, or even angry, but God is our help. He will be our refuge. He will get us through and send Satan on his way. Finally, sometimes itís like my diabetes, the problem, pain, or trial wonít just go away. Thatís when we have to let God show us how to fight it day by day and little by little.
No matter what it is we are facing God is big enough to handle it all. He can handle our pain, our fears, our frustrations, and yes, even our anger. Whatever you are facing today, no matter how big or how small, lay it at His feet. Let Him carry the load for you. Rest at the foot of His cross today. Take a moment to give it all to the only One who can bring you through. Then relax and let Him handle it all.
By the way if you happen to see someone coming your way wearing safety goggles and gloves, while carrying bug spray and eating broccoli, donít panic. Itís just me!

The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want
He maketh me to lie down when the bee stings
He leadeth me to antihistamines
He restoreth the size of my ear
He leadeth me from the path of the sun
Yea though I squirt the super glue in my eye
I will fear no blindness for thou art with me
Thy ointment and pain medicine comfort me
Thou preparest a table before me covered in veggies
Thou annointest my head with low fat oil
My cup runneth over with water
Surely veggies and fruit shall I eat all the days of my life
And I will dwell in a skinny body forever
Psalms 23 (Katís Version)

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