Last May when the violent tornadoes tore through Moore, Oklahoma, the lives lost, scenes on television were devastating and heart-breaking. Yet at one point the TV showed a woman standing in the midst of the rubble of her house holding her little dog saying “God is good.” There was a man holding his dead child praising God that they had found her in the ruins of the school. After the storm passed we saw the joy when someone found some favorite object saved out of the destruction. I found myself marveling at their resilience and their faith. Where do we turn in the face of tragedy? I found the answer in the Psalms. “The Lord is close to the heart-broken and saves those who are crushed in spirit” Psalm 34:18. “But I will sing of your strength in the morning, I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble…” Psalm 69:16. Praise be to God and the Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our troubles, so we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)
But then I found myself thinking how difficult it must be to lose everything whether it be in a flood, a fire or a tornado. It made me appreciate my own home. I wandered through the house looking at pictures of the children on the wall, the bear bank that my husband had as a child, a photo album of my parents. I thought, “What if I lost it all?”
As I pondered the question, I began to take on a new perspective. Yes, if my home were destroyed I realized all the material objects I was looking at were of no monetary value. They just represent many wonderful memories. If I lost my home there are things I could never replace, but I would still have the memories. This train of thought led me to realize I was placing too much importance on the material things in my life. Without them I would be free from worrying about the possibility of them being destroyed. I no longer needed to wonder about what would happen to all my “wonderful things” when I wouldn’t be here to enjoy them anymore. Did any of it really matter?
I know I have another home waiting for me that can never be destroyed. I will still spend eternity there with Jesus. “In my Father’s house there are many rooms. I am going there to prepare a place for you…”John :2&3(NIV) In Philippians 3:8 the apostle Paul said “I consider everything as complete loss for the sake of what is so much valuable, the knowledge of Christ, my Lord.”(Good news for Modern Man”) and “Do not store up treasures for yourselves on earth where rust and moth destroy and where thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is there your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
Thank you, Jesus, for showing me a new perspective.