Well, the past couple of weeks have been interesting!
I have been studying the book of Esther (the Bible). While reading about one man’s plan to destroy the entire Jewish nation, Beth Moore (who’s study I am reading) challenged us (the participants) to think about times where we might be tempted to make something trivial into a major tribulation – a mountain out of a molehill, if you will. At the time this question was first posed, I had only a few recent examples. BUT, I was given the opportunity to practice keeping crises’ in proper perspective within hours of evaluating my behavior in this area.
On the Monday following our daughter’s 16th birthday (my last post), my purse was stolen. I did what everyone in Dallas knows NOT do – I hid my purse under my seat with a towel thrown over it and went into the gym to work out. When I came out, my window had been smashed and my purse (along with the bag I carry to work with lunch, paperwork, etc) was gone.
I called my husband who promptly began cancelling credit and debit cards while I called the police. I walked through the next hour with quiet, focused precision, speaking to the fitness center management, the officer who came out to file my police report, and the various people I needed to contact immediately. (My son, my boss, and my housekeeper whose services I cancelled for the following day) I drove home in deep thought, no radio, and the sound of broken glass falling into my back seat.
I was tempted to scream, to cry, and to say all kinds of horrible things about whoever did this. And when I got home, I did have a little crying to do and my husband had a little “venting” to do. And then I walked through these last two weeks. The crook managed to get away with almost $30,000 of cash – just by using my bank account number and I am now on a first name basis with my personal banker plus the bank fraud analyst.
A couple of people commented on how calm I was, when inside, I felt like a frazzled mess. But the lesson that God was teaching me is that He has all things in His control, including check fraud. And although check fraud and identity theft is not a small matter in my life, it is not that large in the grand scheme of things. It’s not a major tribulation, just an inconvenience.
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
The words of Esther - "If I perish, I perish"