Remembering 9/11

9-11-Tribute-In-Light-MemorialGod does not cause evil, sinful men do evil as an act of rebellion against their Creator.  Yet, God is not helpless and unaware of the evil men do, he is sovereign over it…using it for the billions of reasons that we will never understand because we are not Him – yet we may catch a glimpse of a reason every now and then.

Twelve years ago, God used an astounding act of evil to spin my head around, get my eyes off of myself, and return to my Creator.  He used 9/11 in my life as a giant wake up call, that my life without Him at the center is ultimately empty.

God is also the God of all comfort.  And so, while today I’m very thankful for God using 9/11, I’m very aware that there will always be people who still mourn the loss of loved ones.  We remember them, hug them, pray for them.  We encourage them that the only true comfort is not found in this world, where I was searching for it in my pre-9/11 self-centered fog – it is in a person – Jesus Christ, who came on the ultimate rescue mission to provide a way for a rebellious people to be reconciled to their Creator, by his selfless act of taking our punishment on the cross.

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.””

(Mark 10:45 ESV)

 

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Remembering 9/11

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9/11 had a tremendous impact on my life. Previous to that, I had been living quite a selfish life. Thinking mostly of myself, not giving a whole lot of consideration to God, my family…my health. That morning that the towers fell it seemed like the needle came off the record. Everything stopped. The mighty Twin Towers that, growing up in NJ I had looked at millions of times, gone to on trips, my dad had actually worked on as a young union plumber – we’re GONE. Just like that.

Thousands of people who went to work that day, never expected it to be their last yet it was.

It made me immediately realize that hope cannot be in this life, the only place where I can put my trust is in something…someone…that can never fall. God is the only one who is eternal, and he was calling me again to put all my trust and hope in Him thru His Son, Jesus Christ. Shortly thereafter I recommitted my life and started on the path of following Jesus.

MIke-cross-tattOne of my tattoos is of the cross at ground zero. I was simply in awe that in the midst of all that twisted metal, rubble, utter destruction – there stood a cross. As if God was saying…I’m still here. Evil did this, but I’m still here, trust in me because I’m above all evil and death. Yes…our God gives us Hope that goes beyond death for life eternally with Him!

Below are some iPhone pics that I snapped while walking all the way around Ground Zero. I was in lower Manhattan for a meeting and I got there early so that I could sort of take it all in, and it over comes me every time.

Never forget.

…but always remember, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” — John 10:10

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