The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. (Ps. 24:1)

WHEN MY PARENTS announced they were selling the house I had lived in for the ten years of my life, I cried. My beautiful, yellow-brick farmhouse with its sprawling porch! The place where kittens were delivered to me and my sister one Christmas morning, where I played dress-up with my friends, where I curled up by the fireplace, where I built forts with my brothers.

I should have remembered that the farmhouse was really my parents’ house. They had more emotional investment in it than I did. They had lived there longer and had spent more on it. And I should have listened to the whole story before I freaked out. They were planning to build a new house down the hill, one that would be even better than the old. I would have my own room. There would be good water pressure, no drafts in the winter, A/C in the summer. And I would still have acres and acres of fields.

The Bible warns us the world will come to an end one day, and it’s easy for us to freak out. We can’t imagine why God would destroy our home. Let’s not forget that this is God’s handiwork, and He loves it, and us, more than we can imagine. If He has new plans for us, we better believe they’ll be even better than the old.

Loosen your grip on the things of this world.

Heather Gemmen Wilson is the author of the Global Warning Series (WPH), a fiction series for preteens.