The weather in middle Tennessee this last week has been absolutely gorgeous. We've been outside almost every day for at least a few minutes, soaking up sunshine, running around the yard, ... and breathing in pollen.
Yep. Spring is here. Trees are blooming all over the place. Buds are gracing my azalea plants, thrilling me in anticipation. And noses are running even more than the poor fountain pictured at the top of this post. It started a few days ago with my daughter's non-stop runny nose. Then, my husband claimed a sore throat yesterday. Last night, my son's croupy cough came back. And now my throat hurts, too. Yay for springtime!
But in all honesty, would we trade the beauty of this time of year for less pollen? No. God created each season with its own good things and bad things. Just like in life. I have friends who have been fighting for their life or their child's life. I have friends who have lost parents and grandparents. We know so many people looking for jobs. Or fighting cancer. There's always a down in life. But if we can see the flowers behind what is making our eyes water, that's the beauty of it. God didn't give us only sad things or only happy things. He balanced it so that we can better appreciate the happy for having to suffer through the bad. And we can better appreciate the flowers for having to suffer through the sniffles.
Do you have bad allergies this time of year? Have you ever looked back on a dark time in your life and been better able to appreciate having come through it?
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