When Your World Falls Apart

The day changed in one moment.  A phone call from my wife interrupted my agenda.  “We’re under attack,” she said in a panicked voice.

Thinking it might be time to call our pest control service I asked her what she meant.  “The World Trade Center has been attacked,” she answered.  I scrambled to the internet and saw vividly what she was talking about.

Both of her sisters lived in the Washington, D.C. area at the time.  One brother-in-law worked at the Pentagon.  You can imagine the anxious moments we were feeling not only for our country but also for our family.

We spent the large portion of the day together watching the scenes unfold.  Another Tower crumbled.  The Pentagon was penetrated.  Flight 93 crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania.

It was one of those life moments etched into your mind’s memory like the engraving on a monument.  You know exactly where you were.  You know precisely what you were doing when you heard.

You knew where you were.  But moments like these can cause us to wonder where God was.  David, the shepherd king of Israel, knew the same question.  Listen to his words in Psalm 11:3-4:  “‘When all that is good falls apart, what can good people do?’ The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord sits on his throne in heaven.”

Like towers tumbling down, David had seen his world fall apart.  He had battled for his king and brought down giants, only to find his king issuing orders for his death.  He had known war and felt the sting of attacks.  He too had seen goodness pierced by evil.  Structures of strength broken by enemies.  Innocent people brought crashing down by the wicked.

And so he asked what we ask.  “When all that is good falls apart, what can good people do?”  Strangely, David does not answer his own question.  Instead, he makes a statement.  “The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord sits on his throne in heaven.”

In the midst of troubled times David sends a steady reminder.  When our world falls apart, God does not.  He is still in his temple.  Still on his throne.  Still in control.

Life can change in a moment.  So take some time this week to hold the ones you love a little more closely.  And hold onto the One who can hold you steady in unsteady times.

Question: How do you find steadiness in unsteady times?

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