Last night, after a great two and a half hour dinner with colleagues, I went to my car and discovered it had been broken into. The back window broken and my briefcase…with laptop and student’s final papers…gone.
Stunned, I returned to the restaurant to talk with the hostess, call the police and then returned to my violated car for my drive home.
Last night’s disbelief turned into a day filled with calls to file claims, get repair work done and trying to figure out what I can actually recover and what’s gone for good.
I’ll make it. The physical things will be replaced or repaired. Much of my work lives somewhere in virtual space. The biggest loss is my writing from this summer’s leave…work ‘in process’ but not finished. For that I’ll grieve and move on.
The first question that entered my mind last night has become the nagging one … Who does this? More than my loss, I was reminded of the brokenness of our world – a brokenness which lives right beside much goodness.
And that’s the message of Christmas. God entered a world where brokenness and goodness live alongside each other. Sometimes goodness interrupts brokenness, and sometimes it is the other way around.
Today, I’m praying for those who are in such a broken place that they have to break into cars. And I’m praying for those who know loss on a personal level today.
Thanks God for coming into this world, such as it is.
Thank you for your prayer on lose. Hope they find your laptop. Prayers and blessings!
Thank you for sharing Terri, and for keeping life in good perspective! I hope they are able to find your laptop.
Many times I have said “who does this?” in response to similar acts that leave me bewildered. Then I am humbled as I think about my place in Gods world. I am but a speck in this huge cosmos & sometimes I am used to help God further His cause with teaching & calling others to Himself. Perhaps that person will be caught for coming up against you – a child of God. Then that person will have the opportunity to meet you & be changed… you just never know – since Gods ways are not our ways 🙂
You are a blessing, Teri …
I also wonder about GOD’s wondering about me and my actions. Sometimes I may be the one ‘breaking’ the world…aware or unaware. Things to think about.