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Health from a Horsefly--Sort of

By Pete Macinta

It was early September and the days were still warm when Dorcas and I were in the car heading toward Maryland Route 16. It was just the two of us as we neared the intersection of Race Street and Route 16. Since the weather was so nice we had the windows rolled down.

As I slowed the car to stop for the red light I saw some insect flying around a few feet ahead of us. The buzzing critter flew in my opened window as I brought the car to a stop.

Such a bad time for a third occupant--right at an intersection! They say two is company and three is a crowd but, when it's a buzzing flying insect you have not adequately identified, it's almost a riot.

"Ah! What is it?," I asked in my Richard Nixon tone as I grabbed the steering wheel and kept my eyes wide open. I began to address the intruder.

"What are you? Go away! Rah! Boo! Shoo! Go away!"

Dorcas began to giggle.

The light turned green. I had to pay attention to the traffic, but the insect, now identified as a horsefly, was taking a bit of my attention.

"Go on! Rah! Git!," I said as I turned left onto Maryland 16 with eyes still wide open and grabbing the steering wheel tight.

At one point, the bugger was behind me and I figured it was going to land on my neck to get a piece of me or, worse yet, go down into my shirt!

"Go away! Shoo! Get out!"

And thank God it did, right out the opened window from which it came in.

"Thank you!," I called to the departing pest.

By this time Dorcas was really having a good laugh, which became contagious, so I started to crack up too.

And you know how it goes sometimes. You stop laughing, then start again. You stop again and start again. So it was.

After recuperating I noticed something we all should notice after a good laugh--I felt physically and emotionally better.

It is written in the Word of God (Proverbs 17:22), "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones."

The cares of life can certainly weigh us down. Satan enjoys that. It draws us away from God and closer to sin. And, as we see in Proverbs 17:22, it can affect our physical well being.

It would serve us well at times to look for the funny things in life so the medicinal principle found in Proverbs can be activated and bring an added blessing to our lives, as long as we find something to be merry about that brings glory to God.

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