I can remember exactly where I was sitting on 9/11 when those two planes crashed into the World Trade Center. My mother rushed into the room I was resting in and said in a shaken voice, “Carol, you need to come downstairs and see what is happening on the TV…I think this is going to change the world.” My mother is a quiet, mild mannered woman and not given to dramatics, so she captured my attention when she said, “I think this is going to change the world.” And, indeed those events of 9/11/2001 changed the shape of the world forever.
So, what lessons can we learn from this awful event that changed the lives of thousands of families in one devastating moment?
· Bad things happen to good people: We live in a world that is full of good people and bad people. Many of the people that lost their lives on that day were innocent victims and their lives were lost because of the evil intent of some.
· When tragedy strikes we often see the best in people: It amazed me to see how many people rallied around the grieving families and offered them support through their time of grief. Human beings have an incredible capacity to care and give in times of crisis and this was one such time.
· Our days are numbered: When people woke up on that morning of 9/11 no one knew what the events of the day would usher in. We need to live our lives deliberately and carefully, understanding that our time on earth is short. We never know when our time will come and we will breathe our final breath. That is a sobering thought, but one that we must always be aware of.
· God holds the future in His Hands: For me, the most comforting thought is that God is in control of the universe. Colossians 1: 17 is one of my favorite Scriptures. It says, “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” The good news is that the world is not coming unstuck because God is holding it together. It may appear as if it is going haywire, but the fact is that God has everything under control. That gives me courage for the future. God knows what lies ahead. I do not! That can make me fearful or it can make me hopeful. I choose hope!
So on this day, take pause, thank God for life and breath. Then stop to remember those who have lost loved ones and pray for them in their time of grief. Above all, let us remember that God holds our future in His capable Hands.
I am and always will be,
Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,