Losing Everything

How would you cope if everything you owned was suddenly gone? What would you do if you not only lost all your possessions but your family was completely wiped out? Would you be able to rebuild your life if you lost everything?

Yesterday marked a year since heart breaking floods swept through parts of Queensland. Lives were lost, homes were destroyed, some people lost everything.

The earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan last year were absolutely devastating. We saw vision of entire towns being destroyed as a massive, surging wall of water forced its way through community after community. The death toll was over 15 000 with many more lost or injured. We don’t have to think back too far to remember the Haitian earthquake that killed around 220 000, injured more than 300 000 and affected 3.5 million people. At the end of 2004 there was the Tsunami that killed over 230 000 people in fourteen countries

Over the last several years we’ve seen an increase in floods, earthquakes, fires, natural disasters, wars and continuing instability in various regions around the world.

It seems that millions of people around the world are being faced with the reality of losing everything. World events have caused me to ask myself how I would cope in such a situation.

Sometimes the loss isn’t on such a large scale. We hear of family homes burning down leaving the occupants with just the clothes on their backs. How do you recover from something like that?

Where is my security?

The question I’m forced to ask is, “Where is my security?” Am I placing my security in the ‘stuff’ I accumulate? Is my security in my family or friends? Do I place my security in my own health? All of these could be ripped away from me in seconds.

I’ve seen brave people on television talking about how they’ve rebuilt their lives after tragedy. Could I do that? Could you?

My hope is that I’m never faced with having to rebuild my after losing everything but if something did happen I hope that I would put my security in the only real constant I know.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39

How would you begin again if you ever lost everything?

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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  • Since I have never lost everything, I find this hard to answer. However, I would hope that if I did, I would start simple. I would live simply and not feel “entitled” to have certain things. I would hope I would live within my means and not feel like credit is a good thing (I am much better at that now). Good thought-provoker today Rodney.

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