When something is out of humanity’s control, they turn to God.
During a tribute to our nation, people shared their memories of September 11, 2001. I was amazed that everyone remembered where they were. What I recall is how people flocked to churches. People who didn’t believe in God called out to Him.
One story was about a woman rescued from the rubble of the Twin Towers. In the hours she waited—not knowing if she would live or die—she cried out to Christ. Previously, she had lived her life with no restraint, but as death approached, her perspective changed. She asked God to forgive her self-indulgent ways and send her a sign. She raised her hand through a hole where she saw light. A sense of peace enveloped her. Then a man, whom she would never meet, held her hand until rescue workers arrived.
God hears our cries. He’s also a shield to those who take refuge in Him (Proverbs 30:5). Regardless of where we are in life, we can call upon God.
People are busy. We cannot always depend on friends to answer when we call. But God does. He wants us to call out to Him with sincere hearts, in both good times and bad—and to remember His faithfulness.
When crises are over and time has elapsed, it's important to remember how God met our needs. Most of the stories told at the memorial event were about people’s reactions. The greatest stories recounted how God intervened. Those stories transform lives and impart lasting change.
Tell others the story of how God has worked in your life. Your story can help someone find peace and transformation.
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Jewell Utt is a writer and speaker. She has served in church leadership for over twenty years, with a focus on women's ministry and community outreach. The common thread of teamwork shows through in her music, teaching, and administrative roles. Jewell is the director of a community food pantry, teaches Bible study, and organizes events. She has been married for thirty-four years and has three grown sons. Visit her website at: www.jewellutt.com.