Today was the anniversary of when America was rocked to it’s very core. Fear struck us all. But then again, that’s exactly what THEY wanted wasn’t it? That’s why they’re called “terrorists”. their goal is to strike fear in the hearts of the people at the place where people feel the safest. And their plan worked… for a while. But what I saw today told a completely different story.
Instance 1: We are on vacation in Gulf Shores, AL. It’s a beautiful place, and the second time I’ve been here (the first was 9 years ago on my honeymoon). We were out shopping as is apparently customary for many vacationers to do, and this particular outlet grouping had taken consideration of all the husband-fathers who were reluctantly drug along as they had built a conveniently placed children’s play area in the center of all the stores. I sat and watch my 3 boys play with the other children as if nothing were wrong with the world while there was an American flag half-mast to remind me of what happened on this day so many years ago. In front of that flag I saw joy on the faces of children and their parents as they played. Fear had not won out!
Instance 2: Later this evening I was walking the beach with my beautiful wife, and we passed a small marriage ceremony. This bride, groom, matron/maid of honor, best man, and the wedding officiator were symbolizing far more than they realized. Love was being expressed on this day – 9/11. Fear didn’t win, love won!
These things are a shadow of things to come. I know it’s to come as the Reality of it has already come and spoken these words:
“Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also. You know the way to where I am going… I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:1-4, 6
Fear loses and (to quote a controversial author) “Love wins!”
“Fear not.” ~ JESUS