Recently, I experienced a loss like no other.
It was devastating. I’d never experienced anything more dreadful, sad, shocking. Not only was it a terrible way to lose something I adored so much, it was the fact that I almost could have prevented its demise that hurt the most…
I lost my favourite brooch to the toilet.
My current favorite accessory is the brooch, simply because my toddler has delicate skin and likes to pull on my ears so rings and earrings are sadly not very suitable at this stage of life right now. I find that a unique breastpin has the power to transform ordinary outfits any day, not to mention it helps refocus people’s attention to the face instead of the bump (if you happen to be pregnant too).
On this particular day, I wore my favourite, very Sonia-Rykiel-esque red lip brooch. I had spent the morning with some toddlers, one of whom had been intrigued by the bright brooch. After the service, without doing a double check on my beloved brooch, I headed to the bathroom.As soon as I pressed the flush button, my lip brooch took a nose dive into the toilet. Secretly hoping to see it resurface at the end of the flush, although I wasn’t sure if I’d be keen to rescue it from the toilet, I was in a state of shock when I saw a clean, empty toilet bowl.
This was my favourite brooch!!! I’ll never find another one like it! If only I’d checked the security of the brooch…if only I stepped immediately back from the toilet after the flush…if only the little kid didn’t tamper with my brooch… I think I experienced the 5 stages of grief right there and then in the bathroom. Thankfully, what rescued me from the spiraling self-pity and self-blame was this wise saying from Jesus: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.“
Nothing lasts forever, certainly not a plastic brooch. Brooches break. Brooches lose diamantes. And brooches get flushed away. The Bible tells us that one day, everything on earth will be ‘flushed away’, but God’s Word, His promises and His love for us remains forever. He sure sticks closer than a brooch!