Pearl Lean Elementary, Warren Michigan, September 11, 2001. I was in Mrs. Spears’ fifth grade class taking a spelling test. As in any school test, silence was all you heard. But that silence was quickly disturbed when the office called our classroom to tell our teacher a mom was there to pick her daughter up. As the student gathered her belongings, another office call came through and another student was told to pack up his things and go home. Then another, then another…and then another. I went home to tell my parents the odd occurrence only to find them watching the news replaying scenes from New York City, The Pentagon, and Pennsylvania .
It’s been 14 years since 9/11 and I still get in a questioning state asking, “But, God… why?” My heart goes out to all those who lost a friend, a brother or sister, a wife or a husband, a mom or a dad. We may never get the answer or understand why but I find hope in knowing that God is still in control. God is bigger and more powerful than any attacks of evil. Sometimes we forget that He already has the victory- the proof is shown from that empty grave.
“My Revival” by Lauren Daigle came into mind this morning. It’s a great anthem to proclaim through a rough, mundane day, but I wish this was the prayer of all America. That we as a country will rely on Him for direction in every way. To rely on Him for renewed strength. That we will lean on His promises through His Word. God alone can revive us from trials. Heartache. Depression. Temptation. Even terrorist attacks. By grace HE restores us so we can THRIVE. Let’s be great again, America. Let’s draw close to Him. He’s been waiting for us.
“God continued, ‘This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and everything living around you and everyone living after you. I’m putting my rainbow in the clouds, a sign of the covenant between me and the Earth. From now on, when I form a cloud over the Earth and the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll remember my covenant between me and you and everything living, that never again will floodwaters destroy all life. When the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll see it and remember the eternal covenant between God and everything living, every last living creature on Earth.‘”
– Exodus 9:12-16