Strained Moments

I have only kicked a nurse once. And for the record, he pinched me first.

Back in November, I suffered a heat stroke and was taken to the Emergency Room in a half-conscious state. During the first few hours, I was in and out of consciousness and terrified my two assisting friends, parents at home, and three siblings.

I know now that the nurse was only testing my reflexes and pain reactions, but in my spaced zones of the outer world of semi consciousness, I was only aware that a strange man had just pinched my arm. The audacity! My natural response: kick him in the shin.

Yes, I repeatedly apologized–after he explained why he did it.

I laugh now at that particular instance, but I’m still not laughing at all the results from my ER visit.

I’m still working on those bills for one thing. Hospitals are not known for cheap fares.

Ever since that fateful night in November of 2017, I have also been more susceptible to dehydration and fatigue. And trust me: as a college gal full of life, I only prefer water as a last resort. I don’t relish water’s flavor.

I don’t have to relish it–I just have to daily chug enough water to keep my body well hydrated and functioning. It’s a necessity that I continually battle: accepting my medicine or facing the consequences.

It’s kind of like a critiquing moment from a friend or your parent. It’s bittersweet: the moments where we reap the outcome of our mistakes.

I’ve already failed big time in hydration. It’s not a pleasant experience, I assure you!

And those bills…

You pay twice for some things. Dehydration is one of them. But I submit that a loose word causes much more devastating damage.

“Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24, KJV)

“The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a a flowing brook.” (Proverbs 18:4, KJV)

Words are one of those things that should be strained–you can’t get them back after you lose them.

If we are going to walk worthy this year, let’s make sure that we don’t neglect to guard our tongues.

What things need to be strained in your life? Is your mouth costing more than it’s worth? How big will your bill be?


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