REVISITING A TRAGIC EVENT
Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10, NKJV
Eighteen years before I wrote this devotional my wife and I were on a delightful Mediterranean cruise. I was walking around the track on the upper deck of the ship. Suddenly my wife appeared, startling me. She told me that she was on an errand and passed by a television where a crowd had gathered. She looked at the screen and thought they were showing a horror movie. Then she saw the airplane as it crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001.
We like other passengers reflected on how it might impact our cruise. We had already visited Turkey, Cyprus, and Egypt so this event would not impact our excursions there. We had set sail from Athens and were on our way to Rome. Following this, the destinations were Nice, Barcelona, and London.
As events unfolded we learned that all flights to airports in the US had been cancelled and there was no date set for their reopening. How were we to get home? This was a new experience for us. Never in our lifetime had our country experienced such a tragic event on U.S. soil. Eventually the airports re-opened and we returned home by a different route. Many on board our ship panicked, but in the midst of the situation God gave us peace.
We trusted in the Lord for resolution of this major event and recalled His promises such as those in Isaiah 41:10. The prophet relied on what God had said when he experienced difficult situations including threats from other nations and evil kings.
As we look back through life’s challenges, we find we trusted God in major situations, but realize we have often failed to trust Him in the minor crises of life.
We were on a delightful cruise.
Huge problems occurred we did not choose.
The God who acted then with mighty power
Can solve small challenges at any hour.
The God who can solve the big problems of life can take care of the little ones also.
What big problem have you faced and how has God helped you through it?