Burn Baby Burn


So I’ve been trying to get up in the mornings and make myself breakfast before Iget ready for work.  And for the last two weeks I’ve actually been to work on time more than I’ve been late, so it’s probably worth it if only for that bonus.  But in order to be able to get it all done in time I have to have a few things prepared.  I’ve got a bunch bell pepers chopped up along with some fresh cilantro and garlic.  I’ve also been frying bacon ahead of time and adding it to my meals as I decide to do so.  So all that leaves me to do in the morning is crack the eggs add some milk and scramble it all up together in a pan and add a little cheese.  All I can say is Yum-O. (Yes.  That is a Rachel Ray reference.  She’s like my hero.)

On my last trip to the grocery store I decided to add some fresh jalapeños to the mix.  So as I was preparing all my veggies and getting the ready I started cutting the jalapeños.  By 9:30 that evening I was all done cutting up my veggies and was cleaning up and getting ready for bed.  By 10:00 p.m. I thought my hand was going to burn off.

It was on fire.

So I texted my friend.  She told me to soak my hand in milk, and that should take off the sting unless I was really sensitive to it.  After 15 minutes in milk my hand had quit hurting.  It was numb.  Once it thawed, it was back on fire.  So then I did what everyone else would have done.  I Googled remedies.  Over the course of the next three hours I mixed sugar, water and olive oil with no relief.  I mixed water and either baking powder or baking soda and made a paste.  Nothing.  I sliced open a lime and rubbed it all over my hand.  This was actually the first thing that gave me even a little bit of relief, but it didn’t last long.  I even soaked my hand in rubbing alcohol for about 15 minutes.  Nothing but a cold hand that was somehow still on fire…and this one was the one that was the sure-fire one to work on most of the sites that I looked at.

Finally in a last-ditch effort I used the last thing that I had on hand that the websites had mentioned.  I poured some laundry detergent on my hand and just lathered it all up.  Now, I don’t know how or why it worked.  All I know is that it did.  And by 1:00 a.m. I was so very thankful.

The whole thing just kind of pisses me off.  I knew…I mean, I really did know that I should have worn gloves or something to protect my hands.  I just had no idea how rough the consequences would be.  Seriously.  When will I ever learn?  Will I ever learn?

There are things that I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that I should be doing that I don’t do.  There are things that are questionable whether or not I should be doing them that I either do or don’t do.  And then it goes south.  And then I’m left searching frantically for an explanation or trying to avoid consequences.  When if I would have just protected myself in the first place, it wouldn’t have even been an issue.  Know what I mean?

If I’d worn gloves, I would have gotten more sleep and had more milk in the house instead of having to go to the store tomorrow to buy another carton.

If I’m in the Word daily, I’ve got my defenses built up.  I’m going to know which direction God wants me to be traveling because I’m reading His words to me.

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.  I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow Your righteous laws. ~ Psalm 119:105-106

Everything we need to protect ourselves is right there.  I just need to dig in more and start looking to be proactive instead of searching for damage control.

Do you ever have this same problem?

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  • Good reminder today. Thanks.

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