Please don’t bite me!

“All flying insects that walk on all fours are detestable to you.” Leviticus 11:20

I’ve come to appreciate the dry desert for another reason—rarely do I see a flying insect, especially mosquitoes. They are a true nuisance, and some states take claim to the mosquito as the state bird. In Florida I’ve killed a few—too late to avoid being used as a pin cushion. But the real nasty insects are what are referred to as No see ems. They are about the size of a pinhead and bite with vengeance.

After two days and nights (with interrupted sleep due to itching my wounds), I stopped at Wal-Mart to check the pharmaceuticals for something to put on the bites all over my body. Thanks for a product called “After Bite,” within a few minutes after dabbing it on a couple dozen places, I had relief from the itching.

Throughout my life, I’ve encountered a few things that bugged me. I could have used something as something as simple as the little pen-size applicator with magic potion to ease the pain. As with a bug bite, if you don’t itch it in the first place, it never becomes an issue–like when a co-worker sat a few feet away from my desk smacking her chewing gum all day long. The sound became like a fork scraping on a China plate.

Lord, help us ignore the little things that bug us and to pay attention to issues that make a difference to those who are oppressed. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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