Add it to the list…

Some of you might have noticed that my posting schedule has been a bit erratic this month. There’s a really good reason. In addition to some travel time and the attendant “catching up” that naturally has to occur after such trips away, I’ve been dealing with the after-effects of a run in with poison oak from earlier in the month. I’m quite susceptible to the nasty stuff and quite frankly, it can be a bit difficult to sit still and think about what words to put on the screen when you’re itching like mad.

I’ve had the same issue with these little three-leaved plant monsters since I was a child. As an adult, I’ve made it my mission to hunt out and eradicate it from every yard we’ve owned. I’ve been diligent as I’ve done something similar to grid-by-grid searches with my trusty spray bottle of Brush-B-Gone. (Yes, I’m serious! I’m not wasting my time with something designed to kill only a simple weed! This stuff must be banished from the face of the earth!)

Apparently, I missed some. Even more to the point, I apparently hit it with the weed eater or the lawn mower…twice in the same month! In fact, as I was celebrating that I could once more be out in the yard resuming my outside chores this past Friday, I was apparently dooming myself to another round of the same itchy-ness all over again.

I really do not get the purpose of poison oak or it’s similarly leafed little friend, poison ivy. I don’t get why some people can wrestle it out of the earth with impunity and others have such mind-occupying and medication-requiring reactions to the same little thing. In fact, I am adding that to the list. Yes, I’m adding that to the growing list of things I don’t understand. My list includes things like:

  • what was the real point behind creating kidney stones?
  • why did God create rodents and reptiles–if the rodents are to feed the reptiles and the reptiles are to clean out the rodents, couldn’t He just have left them both off the food chain?
  • why did He think mosquitoes were necessary?
  • why do we have to deal with things like cancer…or world hunger?
  • why isn’t there a litmus test to keep bad writers from putting really awful movie scripts and tv show plots down on paper to begin with and why doesn’t someone stop them from being put on film and distributed–and why does it seem we get more bad shows and movies than good these days? (we’ve got laws for everything else, why not this?!) (yes, this enforced confinement has landed me in front of the tv more than I’d have preferred!…SO grateful for DVDs of the good stuff!)
  • why do some people work harder at getting out of work or avoiding responsibilities than it would take to just do their jobs?
  • why can’t we develop a blood test to identify people who have no intention of honoring their marriage vows or supporting the children they helped to create?
  • why does the grocery store quit carrying an item…right after I’ve determined that it is my new “go-to” product of the ages?
  • why can’t late night hosts be more like Johnny Carson?

Some people I know have another list. Actually, it’s kind of like mine except they call it their “list of stuff they don’t understand that they’re going to ask God about when they see Him”. That always make me laugh…like they’re really going to keep track and take God to task for doing things differently than they would.

I’m fortunate enough to know that my list of things I don’t understand is WAY shorter than my list of things I have to be grateful for and that I actually have friends who are smart enough to answer some of those questions for me. For example, I’m pretty certain that my friend Robert Smith over at could answer the rodent/reptile thing for me, but for now, I’m choosing to be grateful that both of those things are extremely limited on my little piece of the planet!

As I’ve been occupied with reducing the itching and trying to adjust to the mind-wandering effects of the meds, I’ve also been reminded of the following Scripture verse:

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3: 21-23 (NIV)

How grateful I am that God’s Word has a place in my mind that not even the distractions of poison oak can eradicate!  I think I’ll add that to the list, as well–the list of things for which I am thankful!


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