Today, I literally lost ~almost everything that my hands toiled for because…my laptop blue screened and then my hard drive’s encryption file got corrupted. And by today I mean just a few minutes ago while I was beautifying some training slides.
Normal me would have gone ballistic—probably slamming everything that I can get my hands on, screaming, randomly grabbing people, being BV, and my teammate was even cajoling me into cursing. Alas, after the initial shock and panic, I found myself reflecting about what God is teaching me.
I then realized that I was reading Job earlier this morning and I thought to myself: Wow, how apt. Job lost everything that he had—his family, his possessions, and even his health. Yet to that, he said: “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” (Job 1:21)
I compare my situation to Job and I feel silly. All I lost are some files, which by God’s grace, are stored somewhere or can be replaced. I thank God though for the maturity to handle this situation calmly and properly—never cursing or blaming God throughout the process.
And God is impressing a greater message to me. I can lose a lot of other things other than those files but God is encouraging me to remain steadfast and trust in Him. Oftentimes, when we are put in situations that involve losing something/someone, we question God’s goodness. What He actually wants is for us to trust in His grace—that He can replace what is lost—and not on our own strength.
Job 42:10 says:
“After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.”
Job 42:12-13 say:
“The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. And he also had seven sons and three daughters.”
Oh, how comforting is this promise! God will replace what we lose with something more and something better! In relation to what I recently lost, I trust that God will make me more productive in the workplace and will bless me (if it is His will) soon with a promotion! I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me—not only in the workplace but more so in my life.
And finally, I can’t thank God enough for helping me to deal with this loss well. I am forever grateful for this radical life change.