Apparently, I haven’t posted any wit or wisdom for more than a month now. Time flies when you’re somewhere between “huh?” and comatose because of allergy medicine. This has been a doozy of an allergy season for me. It has been so bad I’m half expecting my head to actually explode from all the sinus pressure.
A funny thing about me is that a mere teaspoon of children’s Benadryl makes me quite sleepy. Two teaspoons and I’m down for the count. Imagine how well I’m functioning taking a full adult dose. And before you say use the non-drowsy stuff…are you aware that a potential side effect of non-drowsy medicine is drowsiness? Yep, it sure is.
The question I have faced through these days is whether or not to function and meet deadlines or to breathe and not let my head explode from the pain of the never-ending pressure.
I chose breathing and less pain.
But somehow, stay awake and function I must because this is the busiest time of year for me work-wise. I desperately needed some sort of legal stimulant to help me through this time. The problem is I cannot stand coffee. Not one teeny tiny iota.
I fell off the diet soda wagon. I had lasted 60 days without any soda or other forms of drinkable caffeine. Two months. I had broken the cycle. I had been victorious. Alas, I tripped and fell.
Just between you and me, because of my little fall, the real reason why people who drink diet soda don’t lose weight became quite clear. It has nothing to do with the hypothesis that diet soda makes people crave real sugar and then they go into a feeding frenzy to soothe the cravings. That explanation never made much sense to me since I don’t crave sweets in general, except chocolate at a particular time of the month. No, the answer to this mysterious mystery is quite simple, at least in my life—when I drink soda, the amount of water I drink drops dramatically, closing in on no water at all. This is not good for so many reasons.
Now, I know I need to drop the caffeine and fake sweetener habit, but I dread the headaches that will come as I withdraw. Nonetheless, I will begin the process all over again. Umm, on Monday. Definitely not today. Maybe Tuesday at the latest. In its place, I must drink more water, especially since I have to take care of these transplanted kidneys. Eventually I will start to feel better as I become re-hydrated — I just never feel all that great when I’m not drinking plenty of water.
Stupid allergies. Yeah, the allergies caused me to drink soda and not water—not my lack of self control at all.
I know my example is silly, but it painted a simple picture in my mind of other life circumstances not necessarily of our choosing. I didn’t choose allergies, but I did choose how to take care of them and then how to handle the side effects of that choice. I felt better taking the medicine since I could breathe again and the pressure in my head lessened. But my secondary choice of soda to help me through actually caused other problems because it led to dehydration. Can’t give up the water.
When we face tough times and have choices to make, we will inevitably, at some point, go back to an old habit or two to help us through. Those habits we thought no longer had a hold on us. Habits we thought we had conquered.
I believe God either puts us or allows us to be in these type of situations so that we become aware of our vulnerabilities. So we get a chance to realize ohhhh, that’s why that’s wrong or see where we might need extra support and strength when the next test comes.
It’s not all bad, these situations also allow us to see His grace at work in us, through us and for us. Hopefully, in the process, we also learn that we are always in need of plenty of His living water.
He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for your own good. Deuteronomy 8:16 NLT
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water. John 4: 10 NIV