I dreamed last night about my Canon 40D and my Sony HD Video Camera. As I blinked open my eyes this morning, I remembered that they are gone.
My whole camera bag is in someone’s dishonest hands. They have probably already dropped off the cameras and lenses, including my Dad’s 50mm lens that I treasured so much, at a pawn shop and thrown my flash card, packed with images I hadn’t yet downloaded, in the trash. My notebook with posts I can’t remember and the three new parenting books I had just bought are gone too. Even the camera attachment for my tripod was in there along with the power cable for my laptop.
I keep trying to push it all out of my mind. They are only things. I still have my precious children and my family. But it still hurts. Not only can I not afford to replace all that gear, but they were my most treasured material possessions. Whenever someone asked me what material possessions I couldn’t live without, it would be my cameras. I adored my Canon 40D. Every time I touched it, I thanked God for it.
I keep praying and hoping that someone will phone and tell me they found them. But it has been over ten days, and so I think I can safely assume that I will never see that bag or its contents again.
It is amazing how badly it hurts when someone steals our personal belongings. The violation, the loss, the cost — it really shakes you up!
Jesus knew what he was talking about, that is for sure:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust 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
What material possessions would you feel lost without?
Written by 5 Minutes for Mom co-founder, Janice Croze.