“You are you, and you have a specific purpose. His entire collection contains not a single reproduction. And despite how crowded this planet can sometimes feel, your life proves you need to exist. It also confirms there are good works for you to do.”TheChosen Devotional p160
There are seasons and months and days, when you look up and just can’t help but say, “It is good.”
Yesterday, when I was writing I had no idea that the next day, my devotionals would confirm everything that I had written the day before.
GOD created GODwinks for times such as these.
20 years ago, I was desperately looking for GODwinks as soon as I watched the 1st plane crash into the first tower. I was still at home and just getting ready to climb in the car to teach at my part-time job. All my kidlets had flown from the nest that year. One to Mt. Vernon, OH. One in Nashville, TN. One in Bowling Green, OH. One in MI. Lots of prayers were circling as I drove to work and heard a second plane had hit the other tower.
I needed GODwinks…..our nation needed GODwinks. YAH knew and continually created many throughout that day – – – for me and for the nation.
The hallways were relatively silent as the students changed classrooms. As I heard their sniffles and looked in their eyes, lesson plans flew out the window except the unit we had been starting to work on – the study of journalism. All the Bible verses and prayers that I had whispered on the drive to school, exploded in His plan.
We became reporters. We watched the screen. We took notes on what was said. No smart boards back then, but giant post-it notes did the trick when we ran out of board room. They focused in and took more notes than I gave them. They talked to coaches, family, and friends and came in with more notes. When they created their stories, they were as varied as the students themselves– poetry, songs, news, sports, artwork. Editors proofed them. Typists put them in the computer, and another beloved teacher helped them get actual pictures to insert into our first newspaper in color.
But the GODwinks continued as they decided to sell or take donations for the paper they had produced. They sent the proceeds to NYC children that had lost their homes, schools or loved ones during 9/11.
As always, I am blown away (and I shouldn’t be) by how Our Father creates His gifts of love, grace and beauty out of hatred, power and ugliness. His side of our covenants are never broken. I think Psalm 145:10 says it best: “The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth.”
During 9/11 He sent His Son to stand beside those on airplanes, those on the ground, those in faraway states, those who shed tears, and those afraid. He placed a cross in the midst of destruction. He put hope in the hearts of those who came together on 9/12 in unity, song and prayer. He declared hope in the form of hands, food, and prayer-filled counselors in a small chapel that remained standing in the epicenter. He had leaders in place for such a time as this. Leaders who spoke the strong words that echoed those of a people’s ancient history ….. the exact Biblical words that had been shouted by Our Father’s first people in ancient times.
Our Triune GOD continues to create those same GODwinks today — even if we don’t see them yet. The ugliness of Afghanistan (and many other countries round the world that deal in slavery and oppression), politics, COVID, division, plagues and nature’s upheavals continue to attack our souls and heart with their darkness and hopelessness. But these worldly challenges offer two choices – look through a Our Father’s lens of truth or through the world’s lens of man’s wisdom.
GOD creates and never changes.
It is our choice how we respond on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
“Even if I knew tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”Marin Luther
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