Sunday, August 4, 2013

On losing my bags

Whenever I tell someone that I lost my bags in China their jaw seems to drop, the eyes pop out, and they say, "Are you serious?"

This is how I felt when it first happened. I was mad that I put more importance on my snacks (that were in my carry-on) than my clothes. I was devastated that I had to borrow clothes, because we were all packing lightly to begin with. I hated being a burden.

Everyday I asked Steve if there was any news on the luggage. I always felt like it was one step forward and then two steps back at every point with the luggage. One second they were found in Guangzhou and the next second we had no clue where they were.

After a few days I prepared myself for not seeing those bags ever again. Then my whole perspective changed.

I was no longer devastated about losing everything, but God allowed me to see the blessings in losing the bags.

The train that we were all worried about was a breeze because we had extra hands. God allowed me to put myself in the kids' shoes and identify with them. They wear the same outfit everyday and I was blessed enough to have two outfits to alternate between.

By the end of the trip, I was used to washing my clothes in the sink every night and hanging them up to dry. I had a routine and it was kind of nice not having to worry about what I was going to wear. Shout out to Elyssa who was super patient with everything. There were clothes hung up in the shower when she showered every night and she let me borrow just about everything I didn't have.

It's weird--in Beijing, we picked up the bags without having to sign or anything. It was like God planned for that the whole time. I basically just packed a bag to fly it to China and have it sit in an airport for two weeks and then take it back home. The Lord taught me so much through the simplest thing of losing my bags and I am so grateful for it.

I wouldn't have it any other way. And now looking on other trips to come, I will never pack the same way again. And I will never check a bag again. 

1 comment:

  1. wow! thats pretty crazy but I am glad that God taught you simple lessons through losing your bags!