Today is an anniversary in our family of something that could have been very horrible on more than one front. For the details of the story, look here. As it turned out, we were one of many families who were protected on that horrible day. Despite many, many losses, we were saved.
For me, this often generates fear instead of rest. I know I’m not unique! When I or a family member have had a close call, I want to be more careful, protect myself, be more vigilant. But on a day like that, there was no way to be more careful. Nothing like that had ever happened before!
How do you go to work and protect yourself from a jet flying into your building? How do you place yourself on just the right floor to avoid being killed? It was impossible!
These days, there are wise things we can do to observe people and activities around us. But some things can’t be controlled by us. We just have to live our lives realizing that there are limits to our control. We live wisely and prudently, but we can’t live tied up in knots.
God is the author of life and death. He sets the timetables of both. Terrorists don’t take Him by surprise…ever!
When GOD says our time is up, it is! We can’t change it. We can’t adjust the time-table. We need to learn to accept His will for us, our lives…and the lives of our families.
I don’t make this statement lightly. I have tasted the pain of loss of loved ones, both over time and unexpectedly. Grief is hard and painful.
But until we can live each day realizing that we have no control over what ultimately happens that day, we will find ourselves tied up with fear. The fear that we need to watch out for each threat to our children, to ourselves, and to those we love.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t be careful and wise. Of course, we should. But we need to hold lightly to what we have, realizing it all belongs to GOD and His wise timing.
Another anniversary of 9/11 is here.
A reminder of incredible sadness for some and miraculous protection for others.
Always, GOD’s gracious provision was there.
Today, is another anniversary of 9/11. It was a terrible day. It woke us up to the fact that we weren’t as safe as we thought were.
We have never been able to go back to sleep, as a nation, since then. Each time we try, another terrorist act, another war, another evil event reminds us we don’t live in the same world we lived in before 9/11.
We need to hold onto Christ more these days than we were aware of needing to before.
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus,
by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain,
that is, through his flesh,
and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
let us draw near with a true heart
in full assurance of faith,
with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience
and our bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,
for he who promised is faithful.
And let us consider how to stir up one another
to love and good works,
not neglecting to meet together,
as is the habit of some,
but encouraging one another,
and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
We need to love on our families and friends more because our awareness that they are temporary is often slamming us in the face…in ways we don’t want to experience.
We need to trust GOD for our futures way more than we were aware of needing to in the past. Remember when we used to think we could plan out our futures and careers and finances? It’s not as easy to do today for sure!
GOD’s words of comfort are always with us. Take courage because I am with you always! As we think about those words, they become more and more meaningful.
We face an unknown future but the Eternal, Almighty, Wise, Unchanging, Faithful, Sovereign, Just, Loving and Holy GOD is with us!
“Have I not commanded you?
Be strong and courageous.
Do not be frightened, and
do not be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you
wherever you go.”
Are you facing the future with fear or faith today?
Is your awareness of Christ’s presence with you a comfort?
I’m Martha Grimm Brady. I’m staring in the face of 70! Just a couple more years and I’ll be there.
I’ve been married 46 years to Ron, a retired pastor. We have raised 3 daughters, 2 of whom are in their 40’s! I can hardly believe it. We have 7 grands, 2 boys in the group.
I’m an RN, an epileptic (since age 20), an MK, and someone who has moved often enough to know that I hate moving! We lived in Jamaica for 7 years early in our marriage. Our daughters were born there and our lives were changed in many ways by living there.
Fl, TX and IL have been our homes. We now live in AL near one daughter and family. My blog is GrittyGrace.com. I’ve been blogging since 2007.