Strange how things work out. Things that happen today sometimes
seemingly have no real significance or purpose until sometimes
much later..in the case of this poem, years later
...an event occurs that suddenly places them
both in proper perspective. Yesterday's "question mark" becomes Today's
I wrote this lttle poem back in 1965 and long ago forgot what triggered
it's birth. Today I look back over the years and have seen Him time
after time reveal His purpose in the events of life.
One unforgettable such time was the attack on the Twin Towers in NYC on
Sept. 11, 2001. Suddenly, in the midst of the ensuing confusion and fear
and uncertainty, the little poem from yesterday became very relevant
and comforting. Nothing takes our God by surprise. He is still in
control. He was where He needed to be on that fateful day. He is always
where He needs to be .
In solemn and somber remembrance America has just observed the first
anniversary of that infamous day . As we watched again the vivid
television coverage of that horror, our emotions were ripped and torn--
laid raw afresh. We felt
all the mixed emotions again...Grief over all the
lives that were lost, empathy and sympathy for their loved ones in their
anguish, great honor, gratitude and respect for all who knowingly made
the supreme sacrifice in order to save others. We felt anger..anger that
the event happened, anger at the perpetrators of such evil, anger that
Satan had such control of human minds that mankind could inflict such
terrible things upon mankind.
But through and over it all is the profound sense and knowledge that
those who know Jesus as personal Savior and Lord belong to our Heavenly
Father and that He holds us in His mighty hands. Nothing can separate us
from His eternal love. He has granted to His
children, even in the midst of turmoil, fear and destrucion, the gift of
His Presence and Peace.
Just hours after the attack, I wrote these words: PROMISE