Remember God’s Guiding Hand on September 11
September 11, 2001 should always be remembered, not just for the terrorist attacks, but for how God guided us through those tragic moments.
“These days should be remembered and observed in every generation…” – Esther 9:28, NIV.
It was a sunny September morning. I was running late for work, so I was more concerned with getting out on the road than with flipping on the radio, like I normally did. When I finally punched the radio button, I heard a feed from New York instead. The man reporting breathlessly told of fire coming from the World Trade Center. It seemed as if a small plane had hit the tower.
Then, he screamed, “Oh, my God! A plane just flew into the other tower.”
This is a terrorist attack, I thought.
None of us got much work done that day. Someone brought in a TV and we watched as the second tower crumbled into dust, taking all those lives with it. We heard about a plane crashing into the Pentagon and another plane crash in Pennsylvania.
I will never forget the images and the raw emotion of the days and weeks that followed. And, I remember it all over again on every 9/11 anniversary. The pain has lessened through the years but not the memories. Another thing that I’ll never forget is the way God worked through the tragedy.
People flocked to church seeking answers. Many met God for the first time. We all saw that life is fleeting and we don’t know when it’s going to be snatched from us. We saw that evil is real. But, we also saw neighbors loving neighbors and heroes sacrificing their lives. Good came out of all the pain. We knew that God hadn’t abandoned us. And, He’s still pouring out His love on us today.
So, I will remember and observe 9/11 this year and every year. I will think of the innocents who lost their lives that day. I will pray for their families as another anniversary slides by. I will remember the heroes who trudged up the stairs as civilians filed down those same stairs. I will think of those who still pay the price for that day. I will think of all the military people who fight for our freedom. And, finally, I will honor the four men who gave their lives, waiting for help that never came, while fending off another 9/11 terrorist attack one year ago.
I will remember and observe. And, I will make sure that future generations know that even though evil came that day, God still reigns.