Not totally roasted.

I’ve got a new best friend.  First name: Aloe. Last name: Vera.

Honestly, whoever thought of the idea of making that stuff into a gel and selling it (for just over $7.00… not my favorite part) deserves a piece of cake.  Four hours at the beach left me a little fried today.

Really, most days leave me feeling a little bit fried.  Like I’ve been sitting on a charcoal grill with the flames of life trying to roast me.  The charcoal pieces of classes and responsibilities with the stuff you squirt on charcoal to make it light on fire (what in the world is that stuff called?) of emotions and tiredness.

What’s that verse? We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair… So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.  How about:

We are sunburnt but not fried.  Tired but not exhausted.  Busy but not in over our heads.  Worn out but not left to weather it alone.  Nearing finals but also almost done with a very busy semester.

Light and momentary troubles.

Light because we do not bear our burdens alone, not because the burden isn’t significant.  Momentary because we don’t carry the same burden eternally.

And with that, it’s time for more aloe vera.


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