At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
The people in New Orleans tell me all the time, After the storm, I realize how little you need to get by. All of the things I lost - were just things. I still have my life. I still have my family.
Some are thankful to have a tiny FEMA trailer to call home, because others are still waiting. Some will even tell you that Katrina has given them a chance to rebuild a city that was broken long before the levees. They'll tell you that after they all lost everything - they've gained a new, stronger sense of community and unity, philanthropy and caring between neighbors.
I've seen it in my own life. Sometimes you have to lose the things you thought were important, to realize what really is. Sometimes, you have to get to a place where you feel like you can't hold one more thing in your heart. Then something else will come, and you realize you are infinitely stronger than you imagine.
Sometimes your whole life needs to be shaken up, so you can see what's left standing.
"And these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."