September 11- Finding Beauty and Peace After Chaos
I hope this date always makes me stop in my tracks and reflect back on that spectacularly sunny bright day in 2001 when the world stopped spinning and life became different. At the time, turmoil was everywhere, as schools, churches, and government aid agencies hurried to come up with a response plan. Our first line of emergency responders, the firemen and police officers struggled through the chaos, reacting as they were trained, even when no training could have ever prepared them for what was ahead.
One year, five year, 10 year, the anniversary of the day marches on. This year is fourteen years since the event. Is it still clear in your mind? If you were a young student,the upheaval and unknown may have left an impact on your memories. When President Kennedy was assassinated, I was seven years old. I clearly remember how the adults in my life reacted to the event. My dad and I went to church. He prayed. I watched. I was not sure exactly how this event impacted me but I knew it did. If you were a student at the time, September 11 may have impacted your choice of career. And if you were already in the work force, you may have realized that there was no time like the present to make a life changing job switch.
If you were a mom, you may have been primarily worried about getting your family home and back together safely. I remember the feeling of not actual imminent threat but of urgency to have my family together. While the event unfolded and the towers crumbled, we prayed, and wondered how this could happen in America.
Now 14 years later, I fear that the horrific moments are being forgotten. We move on and that is what has to happen in life. But the important lessens can be carried with us. One lesson is that Life is fragile and beautiful We should move on. We should also remember.
There is beauty still in this world. There is still life to be lived, crops to plant, family to care for and dreams to dream.
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” 1Corinthians 13:12
There are still milestones and goals to reach for and achieve.
There are still soft things in life.
We still have dark days and cold moments. Times that we have to go through alone.
And, there are still friends to help us through the rough patches.
Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
And despite what evil we may encounter in life, God still is faithful. He showers us with beauty to behold.
Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
He allows the sun to shine on our faces and grow the delicious food for our strength.
Promises of new beginnings.
We still have doors to open and new experiences to explore.
And we wake to a new day, holding on to the belief that life is worth living.
We do our jobs, and care for our families.
We have chaotic times and some moments that are so soft and peaceful, we wish they could go on forever.
We continue on. And we remember. September 11, 2001 to September 11, 2015
Romans 8:18: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Why Does God Allow Tragedy and Suffering by Lee Strobel