Inspired by “There is Hope” by Dave Pettigrew
Why is it we always seem to remember where we were and what we were doing whenever something tragic or devastating happens? It’s amazing to me as I look back on some life changing historic events, I can remember vividly all the details of the event, what I was doing, what other people were doing and where I was. Ask me what I did yesterday afternoon and I’m not sure I remember clearly. Though this may sound like a really silly thought, I think that sometimes though tragedy’s are tough, and sometimes devastating, remembering them and keeping them in our thoughts and memories is therapeutic and can even be life changing.
On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, most of our lives changed forever. Do you remember where you were that Tuesday morning? Like those that worked at the Pentagon and World Trade Centers, most were on their way to work or school. Moms and dads kissed their children goodbye at the daycare center, promising to, “see you soon.” Wives kissed husbands and passed them their morning coffee with no knowledge that they would not be home for dinner that night. For the thousands of lives lost to the tragedy of 9/11, remember that most of them were middle-class Americans going to work, making a living and taking care of their family.
And as we look upon events like The Oklahoma City Bombing, The Columbine Shooting, and the events of September 11th, we can’t help but ask where was God in all of this? Why did God allow this to happen to innocent people? There is never a good answer when these tragedies occur. To try and understand however, you must step back and look at the big picture. God made man and all creation perfect. When man sinned in the Garden of Eden, that perfection was spoiled. He was now born with sin and his environment was tainted by sin. The fact is, we live in a world where evil abounds. It is rampant throughout every aspect of creation. As part of this world, we are subject to the evil actions of sinful men around us.
Could God stop an event like this from occurring? Of course. Why doesn’t He? Only God knows that answer, but the Bible teaches us that there will come a day in time when He will end this world as we know it. Don’t forget, we are bound by time and space. We measure our lives with time. God is not bound by time and space. The Bible tells us that a thousand years are but a day to God. So while we may wonder why it takes God so long to clean things up, we forget that God has no conception of time. His creation will come and go quickly in light of eternity, even though it seems like a long time to us.
The fact is, all throughout human history, people are born and they die. Many die tragically, seemingly innocent of anything other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Nobody who got on those hijacked planes today, nobody who went to work at the World Trade Center today, nobody who went to work at the Pentagon today, thought they would never make it back home. The Bible clearly tells us that tomorrow is promised to none of us. That is why we must make the most of today, and treat it like the precious gift it is.
So as we look back now 13 years on what happened today on September 11, was there anything positive that came out of it? I think of the hundreds of people were able to flee the buildings just in the nick of time. I remember a small handful of firemen and one civilian survived in a tiny space in a stairwell as the one of the towers collapsed around them. I think the passengers on Flight 93 defeating the terrorists was a miracle in and of itself. Or what about the thousands who gave their hearts and lives to God in the midst of this tragedy?
Yes, September 11 was a terrible day. Sin reared its ugly head and caused great devastation. However, God is still in control. His sovereignty is never to be doubted. Could God have prevented what happened on September 11? Of course He could, but He chose to allow the events to unfold exactly as they did. He prevented that day from being as bad as it could have been. Since September 11, how many lives have been changed for the better? How many people have placed their faith in Christ for salvation as a result of what happened? The words of Romans 8:28 should always be in our minds when we think of 9-11, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, and are called according to His purpose.”
Never forget the blessings God gives us each day. Always remember that we have hope through Christ. No matter what our circumstance, God is still in control. Tomorrow is not promised, so live each day as if it were your last.
Dave Pettigrew is a contemporary Christian singer/worship leader from New Jersey. There is Hope is his newest single in dedication to the September 11th tragedy. To purchase this track or to learn more about Dave visit his website at www.davepettigrew.net
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