God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
I had just arrived at work when a co-worker pulled me into our meeting room where several people were watching the news on TV. At that point, all we knew was that a plane had struck the first of the World Trade Center towers. But almost as quickly as I got into the room, the second plane appeared from nowhere and struck the second tower.
A priest I worked with summed up what we all would all be certain of by the end of the day – “This was no accident. We are under attack.”
The next week, I went with my stepfather to New York to pray with whoever God led our way. At our hotel, I met a bellhop named Benny who summed up what many people across the country were thinking. He said that the night of the attack, he went home and held his young son, and thought, “What kind of world are we living in where this could happen?”
Today’s scripture went through my mind frequently whenever I think of 9/11. We can often think that God has forgotten us or that the world is out of control. But the truth is that we live in a sinful world filled with sinful people, and sometimes sinful people do unthinkable things. We simply can’t stop that from happening. But when tragedy does strike, we can take comfort in knowing that we do have a refuge – God. Though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the sea, God will not be moved. And He wants us to turn to Him first, both in good times and in bad.
Today, take some time to thank the Lord for the good things in your life. And the next time something happens that seems desperate and completely beyond your grasp, turn to Him again and let Him guide you to the other side.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.
Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.