Got my identity stolen today, the paper one that is. In short, some person(s) decided that a purse handle sticking out from under a seat was worth a rock through my driver’s side window and a chance at what was inside. Nothing like hearing your licence plate number announced when relaxing at the local pool. Turns out, I had some decisions to make. Four children had their 8 eyes on me, as one very kind young pool man escorted us out to what someone reported as “lots of glass on the ground”.
Many people were very kind, I see this as God’s provision. The police officer answered all my questions politely and throughly, the young men from the pool helped to sweep out my glass, friends who were also leaving the pool stayed until it was time to go, even transporting one child home out of her way. The credit card companies and banks, all quick to notice activity, to erase the amounts clean, and to promptly send a new card along. A young lady at a CVS was across town repeatedly called to report a purse left at her store. Everything was retrieved minus a driver’s licence, a few credit cards, and my hand-me down I Touch from my amazing husband (which I was able to enjoy for one day!)
Bottom line – everyone was safe, my window can be replaced (with some help from insurance), I’ve survived 35 years without an I touch, I can continue to survive, I’m out some cash, but my identity can never be stolen. You see, my identity is found in Christ. He alone helped me through each step with the perspective that all this is temporary, He alone gave me peace to take following step one at a time (even with my beloved other half in another city), He was there when the sweet CVS lady told me that they hadn’t stole my bible (at which time I proceeded to cry). I even hold no hard feelings against the perpetrators, in fact the kids and I have prayed for them…that’s God. We will continue to pray that this incident will be one that drives them to take a look and to break the habit now.
If your “identity” was stolen from you, how would you react? I can honestly tell you today, I didn’t, the Spirit took over, and because of this, my children are asking some great questions. Do I have all the answers? No, but I can point them to one who IS, and WAS, and FOREVER WILL BE.
I Corinthians 13
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8Love never fails.
Where is your identity found?