Today is an emotionally charged experience for many Americans. The anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center buildings, the Pentagon, and failed attempt on other government buildings marks another year. While many news channels will share ways communities are commemorating the date and remembering the lost.
I cannot imagine the depth and breadth of the loss families felt. What I recall from those days afterward was the quiet. No engine noises from the air, children were held closer, spouses were letting go of the old battles to re-embrace the vows they took. It was a time of reflection, introspection, and tightening of the boot straps as well. We were told battle with our enemy was eminent and it was. Now, years later, we see that it has been long, tiresome, and in many ways difficult to define the end of it.
As time has passed, many stories have been told about how God appeared and encouraged those who were in need of healing, of hope, of a new opportunity. God showed up then, He is showing up now. It is just a matter of listening for the stories. They may not be told with as much fervor, or regularity, but they are still being told. God did show up. He showed up and He showed off that no matter the storm or the struggle, He remains the same.
Our God is no different than the one who spoke with Noah and gave directions to build an ark. He is the same God who spoke with Daniel in the Lion’s Den or with Isaiah. He is the same God who sent the angels to Mary and to Joseph. God is the same God who spoke to the disciples in the New Testament and has continued to speak to people and through people for millennia. He is here, waiting to heal us, make us whole. God longs to make a restored people, to put us in families, to walk with us through this journey.
Whether He stands with us next to a crib, a hospital bed, or a grave site. He will never change. He is the same. It is our hearts that change, our attitudes, our situations. We forget our finite selves do not look at life with the end in mind. God, however sees the beginning, the middle, and the end all at the same time.
In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
Like clothing you will change them
and they will be discarded.
But you remain the same,
and your years will never end (Psalm 102:25-27).
I cannot tell you what will happen tomorrow, only God knows. The thing I can tell you is simple- Trust God. He has your best in mind. He longs to bring you through the struggles, the frustration, the challenges you are facing. He and He alone, can lead you to good pasture, to rest, to recover. To be cared for each day.
Trust Him. He will not change.