Sunday, September 11, 2016

15 years ago

I was in D.C., getting ready for orientation. I scored a great internship through the Freedom Forum and I needed to print out my assignment for the day.
As I arrived in the lobby, I noticed everyone was glued to the TV. I still printed my assignment but I asked where was that building they were showing on TV. A gentleman told me, "you can see it from the window."

Indeed, I could see the smoke coming out of the Pentagon. It took me a little while but I got in touch with my family in Brasil to assure them I was okay.
My first thoughts went to God. There was no one else that could help America. My second thought was, "there's no superman to save us." For some reason, I remembered all the superman movies I watched growing up. Something overwhelming was always happening and superman always showed up to save humanity. That day I realized that humanity was on its own because superman was not able to reverse what was done.

I was deep in the news business then and I saw all the changes that we get to "enjoy" today. For example, 15 years ago, because everything was in chaos, news stations started showing multiple headlines in the screens. This practice was not really common before September 11.
I can look at every story I wrote during my internship and each one has some type of mention of terrorism. Terrorism was and it still is in everyone's mind.
I also remember that security in airports really increased. Flying before September 11 was much different than it has been in the past 15 years. These have all been understandable changes.

One thing that has not changed is God's ability to be our very present help in times of trouble. Until 15 years ago, even while living in a third world country, I had never experienced such a horrific event. The words of Psalm 46 still ring true in my heart and mind. I've had smaller events that really shook the core of who I am. These words of true are stored in my spirit and today, I choose to believe them.

God is and He will always be our refuge and strength. Therefore, we will not fear. God shall help America, and that right early. My meditation today is that "The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge." Selah.