Life isn’t perfect. Far from it. Although looking from the outside in, some lives may seem picture perfect. When sharing with the outward world, we tend to only focus on the good. Not the messy hard times. I think challenges, and the grace we show in those times, make us who we are. I know this is definitely true for me. God likes to test me in the littlest ways, to ensure I am learning the lessons He has planned for me. This week there were a few not-so perfect moments, which in the scheme of things, seem pretty trivial.
In the essence of sharing the great, good, and not-so-good moments and being real, I am going to divulge some of the challenges I faced this week:
Someone tried to scam me on the internet. I have a lovely [read: expensive] coat I am selling online through an app. A user from the app messaged me and we agreed to a price. I was friendly and I said I would mail it quickly…I got the coat all boxed up and the transaction was complete. I got an email from the app service team stating the user tried to conduct false business and was removed. I thankfully hadn’t yet shipped the item, but I was quite hurt someone would try to steal from me.
My iPad screen shattered for no reason. I watched a movie on my iPad, then put it on my nightstand before bed. When I woke in the morning, the screen somehow shattered. The device was never dropped or bumped. I took it to the Apple store, they—in so many words—said they didn’t believe my “story” and they couldn’t help me. Ouch.
I had an intense allergy attack. I don’t know if it was the Georgia air, but something got to me! I woke up feeling sniffly, however I thought it would pass. By midday I was a sloppy mess, complete with exhaustion. I had never experienced allergy symptoms so acute. This attack was head on and unrelenting; thankfully a few days later the Claritin kicked in.
So there you have it—my messy and imperfect life. Like I said, these are tiny blips in the scheme of things. Honestly, it makes me appreciate my life and the wonderful things I am blessed with—my family, husband, friends, career, education, health…the list goes on. Sometimes it helps to rant about a bad week, yet remain thankful for the incredible weeks that lay ahead.