Word Wednesday – Remembering 9/11

Disclaimer: My relationship with God is the most important part of my life. This is a part of my life that I love to share with people, but I’ll never force it on anyone…so if this doesn’t interest you then please avoid my Wednesday blog posts. “Wow” Wednesday is a day for sharing a Scripture reflection, so in addition to sharing one with you, I invite you to share one with me as well.

Today is 9/11, and for many of us, it’s a day that we will never forget.

Habakkuk 3:16-19 says, “I trembled inside when I heard all this; my lips quivered with fear. My legs gave way beneath me, and I shook in terror. I will wait quietly for the coming day when disaster will strike the people who invade us. Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vine; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation. The Sovereign LORD is my strength! He will make me as surefooted as a deer and bring me safely over the mountains.”

Here’s the thing. We all at some point in our lives ask God, “Why?” Sometimes more often than not we question God’s reasoning for what is going on, and things were no different back in the Old Testament times. Habakkuk’s homeland was in danger, with the Babylonian’s terrorizing whomever they wanted – it was a scary place and time to be living in. But going through Habakkuk, we read that while God doesn’t always answer prayers right away, He does answer them. And it may not be in the way we think He will; quite usually it’s in a whole new and surprising way. The great thing is that we know that God is listening and we know that He has a plan and that “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28).”

September 11th was a day that changed America forever. There’s no denying that. But we can also look at that day and remember the good things; the way America came together to support each other. The way we mourned as a country, as one. And we can continue to remember and appreciate the sacrifice of all those involved: the firefighters, the police officers, the military, the flight attendants, the pilots, all of the unsung heroes that we may or may not know about. Each day we can choose to show those who sacrifice for us and serve us how much we appreciate them. And while we cannot control some of the things that happen to us and we cannot rewrite history, we can remember, we can be thankful, we can support each other, and we can pray.

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