Most of us have experienced something tragic in our life. And when that happens, often times our response is....."where were you God". Those words might be a knee-jerk reaction or it might be a question we know we'll never get an answer to here on earth. Nevertheless, the feeling is there.
These past few days, I've heard a number of people ask questions in regards to 9-11. "Where was God that day? Why did he let that happen?" Well......there is an answer. One that will be useful to you anytime you reach a point of despair. The story I'm about to share with you is a God-thing. Told only by the one that knows.....
|I was there................|
You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news on September 11,2001. Neither will I. I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say "Good-Bye". I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, "Honey, I am not going to make it but it is okay......I am ready to go.
I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn't coming home that night. I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to ME for help. "I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!", I said. "Of course, I will show you the way home-only believe in ME now.
I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered.
I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was in the very hearts of the believers there, comforting and assuring them that their faiths has saved them.
I want you to know that I saw every face. I was in Texas, Virginia, California and Afghanistan. I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense me?
I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name-though not all knew Me. Some met ME for the first time on the 86th floor. Some sought ME with their last breath. Some couldn't hear ME calling to them through smoke and flames" "Come to ME....this way......take my hand", I offered. Some chose, for the final time, to ignore ME. But, I was there.
I did not place you in the Tower that day. You may not know why, but I do. However, if you were there in the explosive moment in time, would you have reached for ME?
September 11, 2001 was not the end of the journey for you. But someday your journey will end. And I will be there for you as well. Seek ME now while I may be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are "ready to go".
I will be in the stairwell of your final moments....
We are just days removed from honoring 9-11. The sting is still there...but for how long? Will the words God offered in this story be something you can hold onto for more than a couple of days, a week, or perhaps a month? Or will they be something you can grasp for eternity?
Know this...He was there on September 11th, 2001. He is here today. And He will be there tomorrow.