I have found that in life we face many "trials" and "tribulations". Now to be sure, these events are not always of the largest scale. Nor are they as difficult as those faced by the Apostles and disciples (side note-- for all my Bible scholars-- what IS the difference between an apostle and a disciple?!?)
Today my T&T (see what I did there?) came in various forms:
1. I had to run on the treadmill. And I HATE running on the treadmill. But somehow, through the grace of God, I survived.
2. I had to take out the trash (which led to some weird, smelly, slimy liquid on my hands. Don't even want to know)
3. A strange woman came up to me outside of my gym and asked me for a ride across town. I'm not a jerk, I promise. But I'm just not comfortable letting a stranger ride alone with me in my car. So I politely refused (which is REALLY hard for me to do-- I hate letting people down) and told her "I'm so sorry, but I don't usually give people rides if I don't know them". The look on her face was shock-- and I almost backpedaled-- but realized I needed to stick to my guns.
I apologized again, and she hit me with a "God bless you." and basically made me feel like the scummiest scum of the earth.
And there was my T&T. I remembered that verse in the Bible about entertaining strangers who turned out to be angels. And I thought-- what if that was my chance to witness to her? What if I could have been helpful? And then the other side of me reminded me of something my father always taught me-- never to give rides to strangers. Especially if I'm alone. So I am trying to brush it off. I hope she found a ride with someone else...
4. I got home from the gym only to discover I had let in a HUGE moth. And it was alive. Thus ensued a battle of rainboot vs. moth. In the first round, the moth won. He flew at me, and I flew screaming down the hallway into my room. Eventually I snuck out and found my fly swatter. I cornered him, and he suffered the consequences. He is now in my trash. I hope he does not pull a Lazarus. (the picture below is of my victory over this spawn of Satan)