Sunday, September 11, 2011

where were you when the world stopped turning...

inspiration: 10th anniversary of September 11

seventh grade search class.
i remember mrs. cooper turning on the news (even though, i don't think technically she was supposed to).
saw the breaking news of the towers getting hit.

i guess as a seventh grader, i never realized how much of an impact it had and would have on the decade to follow. in my world, terrorism didn't exist - i didn't know anything about it. i was busy doing extra credit word puzzles (yes, that's what i did in search class) and making sure i didn't make eye contact with boys (which i didn't very often. middle school was awkward for me...).

...but now, looking back, it's one of those things that i will always remember what i was doing.
it's one of those moments that changed the world as we know it.

ten years goes by so quickly for some. and time brings healing.
but i know that for others, it's still a fresh wound - things left unsaid, deeds left undone.
for those next days, weeks, and months, we truly were "under God" and "indivisible"
we showed each other and the world that we weren't going to let this get us down.
we were going to stand united and fight for justice.

it's hard to see that these days - we can't seem to go a day without politics getting in the way of something.
it's easy to take the little things for granted - the hugs of loved ones, the simple deeds, the joy of living.

and it's easy to point the finger at God and ask "Why?!"

but we must always remember that 9-11 didn't take God by surprise.
He knew.

"On September 11, 2001, God was exactly where He always was and always is: In control" - Greg Surratt

Romans 8:28 says that everything works for the good of those who love Him.
September 11 united a country.
let's never forget it.

where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?

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