Saturday, May 29, 2010
Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
1. Our school nurse informed me that the puzzling dry skin all over my face was, in fact, about 10 - 15 different patches of ringworm.
There is just a special kind of offense when something happens to a woman's face.
2. Someone stole $100 out of Ben's wallet, and his iPod, off of the desk in our bedroom.
3. We found a dead bedbug in our bed.
Remember our charming bedbug-infested chair? Remember the hundreds of bites? We never saw another one outside the dining room, so we held our breath and prayed they would never find their way to a bed.... too much to hope, it seems.
Sometimes you have a day so discouraging, you just need to call mom. Which I did, at $1.99 a minute, for a few precious minutes. And she reminded me:
"Sometimes there are just days like that.
Now to Ben:
I grew up believing comparisons were bad. They build in us jealousy and envy.
Comparisons are hurtful to our souls when you are looking up the socioeconomic ladder. But what about when you look down the ladder?
The reason this is on my mind is because yesterday someone stole around $100 US and my iPod out of our room, off my desk and my dresser. We were dejected for a long while. The feeling of violation was strong. Someone I trust and have given access to my life has betrayed that.
But then I looked down the ladder. I thought about how much $100 is to me and how much $100 is to the average Haitian. Most people here never see that much money at one time. The average annual income is $1,300 per capita. For me not losing $100 is a pain, but I am not destitute.
These thoughts were sobering. When I went to bed, I forgot about how upset I was and prayed a prayer of thanks to God that I have so much. The thought that I have less than most people could build up resentment or bitterness in my heart. Or, I could focus on the thought that, even as a missionary living on support, I am in a higher income bracket than most people on earth. That led me to thankfulness. It just depends on which way I look on the ladder.