Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Call 9-1-1 . . . . Tomorrow is NOT promised

Call 9-1-1  . . . .
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)
9-1-1. . . . Psalm 91:1 . . . . 9-11
September 11, 2001. . . . It's one of those days most remember clearly. We remember where we were, what we were doing, what was said and all the vivid pictures and comments. It wasn't simply NY, but the Pentagon, Pennsylvannia, and the entire country . . .  even the world as thousands perished and more lives changed forever!

I will never forget because of what God did to prepare my family months before. As I heard the news reports at 8:46 from NY, I was shocked. Then at 9:03 another plane hit the South Tower. At 9:37 reports of the Pentagon being hit were published. This really hit home! Then at 10:07 we hear of a plane crashing in Pennsylvania.

While this was devastating to the Nation and families, to me it was a reminder of God's grace as well. You see, my wife was obedient to the call of God to full time ministry just months before as she resigned from her post at the Pentagon. God allowed her to come home to serve in ministry and preserved her for our family as well. Her obedience saved her! Yet she still grieves the loss on many co-workers that day, some who did not know the Lord! I so admire her courage, her faith, and her willingness to sacrifice for God and for us. Money and career did not rule her!

However, it was hard to rejoice over my wife's safety while hurting for so many others and wandering what was next. Seventeen years later, as wounds still ache and hearts still cry out, we can still say " God is good!"

While we never forget the tragedy, let's also never forget His grace. He is still God. As things wax worse and worse (Matthew 24:4-14), our trust in God must increase. I learned a hard lesson in 2001 and even more in the following years as we went through other challenges as a Nation but also as a family.

God never fails. God never rests. He is faithful even when those closest to us let us down. I am so grateful for His protection and provision for my wife, our family and the many He has allowed us to serve through The Sparrows' Nest Ministries over the last twenty-one years. But God . . .

Tomorrow is NOT promised. We have today though. Do not waste it. Seek after others. Serve Him while we can!(Hebrews 3:15)

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