If you need me to tell you that today is 9/11, you probably don’t understand the significance of the date anyways. Or you don’t own a calendar, and aren’t on Facebook. In which case, you probably aren’t reading this blog and I’m wasting time addressing you.
RUF at Florida met on Tuesday nights, and despite the day’s tragedies, our meeting was still on. Clif was preaching through the book of Ecclesiastes that semester, and his text for the evening was from chapter three, verses 1-8.
3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.”
Clif’s sermon that evening was this. It isn’t simply that these things happen, and we need to deal with them when they do. Rather, the point of this scripture is that God has appointed a specific time for these things to happen, and that we are to trust in his providence even when we don’t understand what’s happening all around us. 9/11 was an act of supreme wickedness, and yet even it was not outside the realm of God’s sovereign control.
Our country seems poised once again to go to war, and I certainly don’t want to dive into the politics of it all, as that is far beyond the scope or desire of what I try to do in keeping this blog. It is encouraging to remember that regardless of what happens in the coming weeks or months, even war is not beyond our Lord’s appointment.
It is still, twelve years later, a solemn day. I hope you can spend at least part of it in prayer and reflection. As always, we thank you so much for all of your prayers for us. Thank you.