I’ll tell you what, I cannot get out of NYC fast enough.
I have lived in this city for almost 12 years, and I have never seen anything like this.
Last weekend, my mom and I were in a cab on our way to meet up with my fiance at this beautiful rooftop lounge that is on the 101st floor of the Hudson Yards building overlooking the city. (And again, if you want me to make a NYC Must-See/Do/Eat list, I would be happy to, just let me know in the comments.)
But it was around 10pm and we were in a cab on our way uptown, stopped at a stop light, when all of a sudden I look out my window, and on the sidewalk next to us, this man throws a brick through the window of an ice cream shop.
It was this loud *pop* sound – almost like when you step on an unopened bag of chips, but amplified by a factor of ten.
I clearly saw the man. He angrily power-walked ahead, so that we could now see him through the cab windshield, and he picked up another paving brick from the little flower bed at the intersection ahead of us, and he carried it with him as he was storming north, past outdoor patio dining shelters that were full of unsuspecting people. I was holding my breath, praying that he wouldn’t throw it at a person, and thanking God that he didn’t throw it at our car.
After about 10 seconds, he threw it at another closed business, and I heard another *pop* like before. And then our cab turned and we were on our way out of there, and to safer ground.
I was relieved to be out of harms way, and I did something that I had never done before: I called 9-1-1.
And I reported the crime to the dispatcher, and what the man was wearing — which was very distinguishable: a tutu ballet skirt over hot pink sweat pants.
Do I think the man was ever caught? No. I mean we’re talking about the New York City police here: once the best in the country, but now they allow criminals to run the streets and subways and won’t do anything about it. (Just one of the many reasons why Steven and I are getting the HECK out of this crime-ridden, overpriced city.)
But at least I could say I tried. This was my neighborhood, and I was going to do my part to keep it safe.
Honestly, I couldn’t help but think about those poor shop owners. Waking up the next day and walking into work only to find a brick through their window and a several thousand dollar repair bill to boot.
It made me really sad. But then I thought, Boy, haven’t we all had that “brick-through-the-window” kind of situation in our lives. I know I have. I woke up a few days after Christmas, everything is wonderful, and then *BAM* out of nowhere my mom had a stroke that night while we were out to dinner. A brick through my window.
Or how many other examples can we all name: with different diagnoses, job loss, Hurricane Ian or other natural disasters, loss of a loved one, infidelity. There are so many things that come at us out of the blue, like a brick through the window. Totally unexpected and undeserved.
And the thing is, you can’t just say, “everything happens for a reason,” or “God’s ways are mysterious,” etc. No. That doesn’t cut it. It’s insulting, even. There’s a brick you didn’t ask for, that shattered your window absolutely out of the blue.
There’s no softening of words that can alleviate that pain when you’re in it.
Having lived through several bricks myself: between my mom’s stroke, my own ulcerative colitis, and then that horrific season of anorexia…what I’ve come away from those experiences learning is that, sometimes, faith looks like just putting your head down and getting through it.
It’s just accepting: I didn’t ask for this brick, but I’m going to do what I have to do to get through this season. I’m going to cling to God’s grace by whatever thread I can muster and trust that He will carry me when I can’t.
Because you know what? By just putting your head down and getting through it, it turns out that He is the one sustaining you through it all. “Just doing the next right thing” — translates to Jesus meeting you where you’re at — at even just the slightest baby step you can muster — and carrying you the rest of the way.
That’s nitty-gritty faith. Faith in the battlefield.
As far as the crime I witnessed — I’m just grateful to be getting out of this city safe, and in one piece. New York is not what it used to be. It really isn’t. I wish I could sit here and absolutely glow and be giddy about how much I love NYC, and am so enamored with its zest and pulse, but I can’t. I used to be able to — and I have post after post that were love letters to my city. But not anymore. New York has become hardened and dangerous, dirty and with a sharp edge. Which is a devastating shame.
But if we let criminals off scott-free without consequences for lawless behavior, we truly cannot expect anything different.
Which is why, we are bidding New York adieu.
CARALYN’S COOKING CORNER!
Each post I will share a new Pinterest recipe video! Please SAVE to your Pinterest! Doing so is a free way to SUPPORT THIS BLOG! THANK YOU!!!
Thank you for your support on Patreon!! You make this blog possible 🙂
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
Be sure to check out my affiliate, Audible. Listening to audiobooks while I cook is literally my new favorite thing. And just for you, they’re offering a Free 30-Day Trial Membership. And with this free membership, you’re going to get 2 free audiobooks! Literally. Free. It is the best deal ever. And if for some reason, you decide it’s not for you, you can cancel within those 30 days and it’s zero money out of your pocket, plus, you get to keep the 2 audiobooks. Soooo…it’s pretty much a no brainer. Plus, it’s a free and easy way to support this blog! So thank you!!
@beauty.beyond.bones – Instagram
And really quickly, I’ve had several questions concerning my Amazon link (amazon.com/shop/beautybeyondbones) — You do not need to buy one of my specific highlighted products on my page, in order for it to “credit” my account. Any purchases that you search or make from anywhere on Amazon, after first visiting my Amazon page, will credit this blog and help support this blog ministry. I am truly so grateful and appreciative to those of you wanting to do so! So thank you! Again, it is an absolutely free, and easy way for you to help keep this blog going!