Saturday, May 29, 2010

Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

To preface this post by my handsome husband, here are the events of the day before yesterday:

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.



  1. First, do they have an Orkin man (or person) down there?

    Second, part of me says, Wow, the idea of looking down the ladder definitely lets you look at having $100 taken from you in a Christ-like way. Then the other part of me says, Someone stealing from someone who is clearly trying to help others is not a very nice person. That may be judgmental, but that's probably why you are there and why I watch on the news.

    As we work at honoring our veterans this weekend, let me take some time here to thank you all for what you do and for your Christ-like hearts.

  2. Good insights. Sorry they had to come the way that they did.

  3. Everything that Tony said.

    And no matter how you look at it, you'll never be able to trust leaving your things out in the open again. I find that sad.

    ~Another Texan

    P.S. Just now getting caught up on your blog. Been outta town in NYC.



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