Up in flames

Yesterday, I had a heavy heart.

As I stood in my front yard trying to console my neighbor as she and I stood helplessly watching her entire house up in flames, I empathized with her. All I could say to encourage her was how smart she was to get herself and her infant child out of the house when she did. Things can be replaced but they couldn’t be. She looked at her daughter, who not having a clue in the world of what was going on around her, was giggling and clapping her hands and a glimmer of hope came over my neighbor’s face.

I wish that was my first thought but it wasn’t. It was more along the lines of ‘she is going to lose everything to this fire’ and I began to mourn her stuff and in that moment the Lord reminded me of this scripture in Matthew.

 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 NIV)

I repented immediately because I caused my focus to be on stuff, not in anyway trying to downplay the loss of her items, but it was like God whispered in my ear and said, ” what’s really important?” In that instance, I was able to look at my neighbor and her daughter and see that they didn’t have a scratch or burn on them, and that’s when I was able to effectively console her like I stated above.

That evening I felt compelled to ask myself some serious questions. What’s really important to me? Where does my heart really lie, with God or with my things? At any moment, in a blink of an eye, we could lose all our possessions. Everything we’ve worked hard to purchase, could catch fire, or be stolen just like that; but the Bible clearly says to store our treasures in heaven. When Jesus is our treasure, nobody or nothing can take that from us. Whether our possessions are here today or the stock market goes down tomorrow. Whether my car gets stolen or my house burns down and I lose everything I own. If my treasure is Jesus then I haven’t lost what’s most important, all my possessions become just stuff, and my perspective is changed. I can confidently say, ” the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18 NIV

Loved ones today, let’s remember what’s really important and remember “what we see is temporary but what we don’t see is eternal.” 1 Cor 4:18



Christina is a wife and mother to three beautiful children. She holds a degree in culinary arts and is currently enrolled in Bible college to become that much more effective for the Kingdom. Her passions include working with teens, cooking, and all things avocado. She and her family currently reside in the country of Japan.

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