Having Nothing Yet Possessing Everything


by Mike Ratliff

So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. (Revelation 3:16-18 ESV)

I got my statement the other day from the investment firm that manages my retirement funds. In the last month the ‘value’ overall has dropped by a considerable amount. I was quite surprised by my reaction to that. In 2001 when the market plummeted for months after the terrorist attacks of September 11, I dumped everything I could in order to not ‘lose’ any equity. However, this time around was very different. I had a peace that surpassed all understanding. I thanked God for being my provision and told Him how grateful I am for being His child; fully dependent upon Him for He is my all-in-all. Continue reading