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Topic: Bon Voyage (09/05/05)
TITLE: Close Enough to Perfect
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The week before, Lauren and I had gone shopping to find just the right wardrobe for her trip. From sunglasses to cocktail dresses, with matching shoes and accessories, everything was new and strictly stylish. She visited the salon for a tan, manicure and new haircut to complete her flawless look. My friend appeared, as always, to have it all together.
Days later, the dreaded postcard appeared. A picture of the closest place to heaven I had ever seen. “Wish you could be here,” it said.
“I wish I could too,” I muttered under my breath. Lauren was generous and kind, and did not intend to brag. She just shared her life with me, because we were friends. The fact that I realized my sinful envy made me feel even worse. I shoved the postcard in a drawer. It appeared that they were experiencing a perfect voyage, as always. Good for them, I thought, and tried to make myself mean it.
When Lauren returned from the trip she stopped by to fill me in on the glorious details of her vacation: the peace and quiet, the food, the beach. The pictures were beautiful, as both Lauren and her husband were. There were pictures of their horseback riding expedition, the ocean view from their cabin, and their snorkeling adventure. It appeared that their trip had been a wonderful experience.
I had always wanted to take a cruise. My struggle with jealousy seemed to have hit an all time high. I was a grown woman, for goodness’ sake! Why did it seem that everyone had a more exciting life than I? Better things, better marriage, better life. Why did I care? And even more disturbing, why couldn’t I be thankful for the perfectly wonderful life that I knew in my heart God had given me?
Two months after the cruise, I got a phone call from Lauren. Her voice sounded strangely flat, very uncharacteristic of my friend. “Garret and I are getting a divorce, she said simply. “We thought the cruise would make things better, bring us closer together,” she explained, sadly. “But it’s over.”
Suddenly, I realized with great clarity that my family, my life, and my world were as close to perfect as I needed them to be. Bon voyage to jealousy, I promised myself, and God, at that very moment. I thanked my Creator for the life He had given me, and once again asked His forgiveness. But this time, I prayed, sincerely for the first time, for Lauren, Garrett and their children…
Bon voyage to a marriage, a family, and a future, I thought sadly. Some things are simply not as they appear.
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