Where were you ten years ago? Today is the tenth anniversary of one of the most horrendous acts that was ever performed to our country. Four airplanes took off from domestic airports and terrorists captured the planes. Two of them flew into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. A third plane flew into the Pentagon. The last one had some men who had learned of the plot and overtook the hijackers. They all flew to their deaths in Pennsylvania. America had been attacked. It had happened before. However, this time it happened in our country and not overseas.
Since that day we have undergone many changes in our national security. Airports now have vigorous checkpoints that a person must go through. Certain items are not permitted on aircraft that had been allowed until this date. Trucks that were going to certain areas around the country were stopped and checked. While driving across Hoover Dam in Nevada, we saw semi trucks pulled over and they were being checked for bombs. Military bases added special security to make sure only essential personnel could be there. A host of other changes has also taken place. Fortunately we have not had to go through this kind of thing again. We thank our leaders for that. Here are some thoughts I want to share:
1. As we have seen in the last ten years, God is in control. (Read Job 38-39) The day this happened there was crying and panic. Many wondered what all of this meant. We are more careful today and with good reason.
2. There is a reason to always be prepared to meet God. No one knows when their time on this earth is up. None of the people who died that day planned for it to end so abruptly (except the hijackers). None of us knows that day either. Making proper preparation beforetime will insure a home with God in heaven. James 4:13-17 tells us we do not know what our life will be like tomorrow.
If we know God is in control and are ready to meet Him when He comes, we are secure indeed. If we have not made preparation, we have everything to dread. Are you ready?