Newsflash: I did Something Stupid.

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My wallet was stolen. Is that my fault? Probably. Not the “I stole my own wallet” kind of fault, but the fact that I did know that car robberies were going on at night in my neighborhood.

I had been trying to remember to lock my car every night and even take my wallet out, but the one night I forget–apparently both of those things–my wallet is stolen.

The thief didn’t even give me the courtesy of shutting my car door or leaving my license *insert straight face here*. So yay. At that point I realized that although the $10 I had in the wallet wasn’t that important, my credit card and my license might be. Especially considering the fact that at that point, I was a week away from getting on a plane for a writer’s retreat I am attending. But this wasn’t the worst part. The worst part was that I had literally just received my renewed license not 4 days before.

For the first half of the day, I couldn’t believe it. After school I kept checking in my car expecting to find it, but it was useless. It was gone.

I then became angry. Why would someone do this to me? It was completely ridiculous. How on earth was I going to get on a plane with no ID? I hoped the person who stole it hurt themselves with the zipper while they tried to open it.

Shortly after that I became depressed. I did the whole “woe is me” thing and depressingly drove around my neighborhood looking to see if the jerk threw the wallet out somewhere. I never found it.

I blamed the dog. She was sleeping at my feet, right by a window facing out to my car. Why hadn’t she barked? I will never know, but I certainly informed her of how disappointed I was in her. She didn’t care, but it did make me feel a tiny bit better.

In the end I had to accept it. I went and I ordered myself a new wallet and today almost killed myself going to get a new license.

The 25 minute drive it should have taken to get there turned into a 45 minute drive mainly because I went to the wrong place first. Embarrassing. I know. I guess that’s just the way life is. Obnoxious and inconvenient. Thankfully, life is full of ups and downs. Life can be just as beautiful and wonderful in other times.

Over the last week I have often wondered what God’s purpose was in all of it. Maybe I will never know. What I do know, is that, despite the bad and irritating things in life that happen to me there is always something to be thankful for. In my case, I can be thankful for the fact that I was not hurt, it happened in time for me to get a new license, and that I still had my temporary license from the recent renewal (which was still valid).

This little adventure has definitely taught me:

  1. Obviously, I need to lock my car and take my wallet out of my car.
  2. Inconveniences are a part of life, so roll with the punches.

I’ll leave you with this thought:

James 1:2-8 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trails, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

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