September 11

September 11th, 2007

Well it is hard to believe that it is six years since we saw those images of planes flying into buildings. In some ways it seems so long ago, but in other ways it feels just like yesterday.

I still remember the feeling I had just before I found out. I had been at a friends house praying and then I was driving home. All of a sudden I picked something up in my spirit and just had to pray in tongues. I didn’t know why I was praying, but there was a real sense of urgency about it.

When I got home I couldn’t settle. I just had to pray and keep praying. Eventually I turned on the TV and there it all was. My sudden call to pray made sense. Seeing the first plane fly into the building seemed like a terrible accident. Then when plane hit the other tower, you suddenly realised something sinister was going on. As it turned out, it was something very sinister.

I think I was like most people. I knew this sort of thing happened, but I hadn’t seen it on this scale before and in a Western country. Prior to 9/11 I think we all thought that happens in far off lands and that is how they do things over there, but somehow this brought it closer to home.

For many of us it changed the way we live. Straight away the building I worked in became a fortress. IDs, boom gates, secure access floors and bag scanners became the norm. In some ways it made you feel safe, but in other ways I think it perpetuated the fear some people had.

For me, if I am honest, September 11 did knock me for a bit. I think it took off the rose coloured glasses I was wearing about the world we live in. I think I saw a glimpse of some of the evil we have in this world and just how many people just disregard human life. This took the gloss off me and some of my zeal for evangelism. It especially didn’t help that I lived in an area that was very multicultural and had many people there were the potential “enemy” the TV and some world leaders were talking about. Outreach suddenly became very hard.

Before long though, these feelings died down and I got back to the pre 9/11 days. I got back to seeing this as God’s world. That He is in control, even though some evil people do some terrible things at times, God is still on the throne. I got back to seeing each and every person as a someone made in God’s image and someone God wants to be in relationship with. I got back to seeing that even at our worst, God wants to forgive us and welcome us into relationship with Him. This rekindled my evangelistic zeal.