|This week’s Rev. Talk is a few days late. Due to issues beyond my control (see below), I experienced some, shall we say, technical delays. No worries though, it’s all OK now.
Pandemic aside, life is basically good. Not saying I don’t get cranky with still living and working mostly online, but we’re still here and figuring things out. That is good.
But things also happen. My debit and credit cards were compromised. The fraud department from the bank asked if I had transferred money to anyone in the last hour. Nope. Had I ordered a delivery from Door Dash? Nope. Never used it. OK. Card cancelled. And so it went.
Now as I wait, I’m beginning to get calls from companies that automatically charge my account. First Google for file storage. Then a recurring donation. Then an insurance company. That was the interesting call. The representative spoke with me from a call center located somewhere in the world. I’m guessing India. He was kind and helpful. And when I told him the situation and that until new cards arrived with new account numbers, I couldn’t do anything. I was stuck. That’s when he said, “I’m sorry. But sometimes, good things come from bad.” His words warmed my heart. Well, maybe not so much the words, but the intent.
Years ago I traveled to India. It is a beautifully complex country where religion and daily life are inseparable. What we might consider a philosophy of making lemonade out of bad luck, in other cultures, it takes on a more religious tone. And for me, hearing him say these words clearly meant as a blessing, brought back memories of walking the streets of Mumbai and Pune. Houses, business parks, temples… all intermixed. Westerners might call it a zoning nightmare, but the co-mingling of rich and poor, cars and sacred cows, pavement and dirt, marble mansions and shanties, was replete with temples and shrines dotting odd corners and central squares. Life – and religion – was full and accessible.
I wonder about how we infuse our faith with our daily lives. When bad things happen, can lemons turn into good? What do lemonade blessings look like in your life?
The new cards are beginning to arrive. The auto-payments are being restored. But about that Door Dash? Maybe I should put in an order.
Blessings for all the lemons in life,