It’s that time of the year.
Something is in the air, and when it settles in our nostrils, sneezing, itching, watering eyes and running nose are seemingly unbearable and unending irritations.
First time it happened we were quite young, and Mom was alarmed, such that she took us to the doctor to find out what was the matter. We can’t remember the diagnosis or treatment, but we still have hay fever.
At least that’s what we call the aversion. Labor Day is typically the starting date, but actual beginning depends on the weather. Due to more moisture, it started a little later this year. Upon arrival, there is no denying its presence.
Seems as though others with the aggravation know more about the cause than we do, but we’ve concluded it’s weeds in heading stage.
When the source is in the air, one doesn’t really even have to be near it, as the nose’s sensitivity is rampant. Away from any exterior elements, the sun shining through the window, dust on the table or a soiled shirt on a hanger can bring a bout of symptoms.
Sometimes those who don’t have the annoyance can’t understand how it can really be as incapacitating as it seems. Occasionally, there’ll be some who even make fun of the problem, initially. Around us for awhile, they soon sympathize a bit.
One thing certain, there’d better be lots of handkerchiefs in the drawer. While some are offended at the comment, we generally refer to the apparel as “snot rags.”That’s what grandma always said describing torn up sheets. We also just naturally use the
term. Napkins, t-paper, sleeves, gloves, and whatever else come into use to sop the drippings.
Each year, we vow against taking pills to slow the action. This time, we held out until we had to help gather a big pasture, overflowing with every ripe grass and weed imaginable. We bit the bullet, took two pills an hour before starting and didn’t have a bit of problem. Not a druggie, we may have to give in again if the situation demands.
Warning is given by Jesus in Matthew 13:22: “The seed cast in the weeds is the person who hears the kingdom news, but weeds of worry about getting more and wanting everything under the sun.” Yet, relief is promised in Deuteronomy 7:15: “And the Lord will protect you from all sickness.”
However, caution is aired in Timothy 3:1-5: “Don’t be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be allergic to God. They’ll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals. Stay clear of these people.”