When we cannot see the way…

The Lord Surrounds His People

125 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
    which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
    so the Lord surrounds his people,
    from this time forth and forevermore.
For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest
    on the land allotted to the righteous,
lest the righteous stretch out
    their hands to do wrong.
Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
    and to those who are upright in their hearts!
But those who turn aside to their crooked ways
    the Lord will lead away with evildoers!
    Peace be upon Israel!

September 11th, 2001.

A day all too near in memory, yet gradually our strength. No longer a thorn in the side of our country, but God’s hand- dealt for reasons we may never fully know in this life, but of which beckons us to draw near to Him. For there is Peace for those who trust in the Lord, shelter for all who are weary, and hope for today and tomorrow. 

Yesterday an article resurfaced in the news concerning the mysterious “Falling Man”- a man who knowing the hand dealt to him, was not afraid to trust.

The “Falling Man”, still unidentified today, was in one of the Twin Towers that fell. A thousand feet above the ground, plummeting toward the earth at a rate of 150 miles per hour, this man came face to face with God’s hand, and fell into it.

A photographer, Richard Drew, captured this man’s seemingly graceful and stoic descent into the unknown, trusting that death would not overcome him.

When “Falling Man” first appeared in the news media back in 2001, many condemned Drew’s decision to publish this raw photo, claiming that it glorified the act of suicide. But when I see these photos, I don’t see a man committing suicide, I see a man falling with his arms outstretched, gracefully sacrificing himself to the hand he had been dealt. Through the poignant photos that encroached on this man’s personal descent, we see that this man engages in a series of poses as he falls. With such a long plunge, the photographer was able to capture the length of his dive, revealing his intentional, deliberate plan to fully embrace life; quite contrary to the decision of suicide. Pose after pose, we see his humanity, his body literally embracing it’s final moments on this earth; almost as if he has found freedom amidst turmoil.

Pose after pose, he proclaims: Death has not conquered me, for my God has already conquered it. 

Oswald Chambers September 11th devotional reminded me of the great power that is bestowed upon us when we accept Christ. That although our physical bodies will fade away and while our earth continually perishes, He has already overcome the world.

God compels us to go where we cannot see the way. 

Just as Falling Man could not see what lay ahead, he placed his trust in Someone greater.

I pray that our country may be filled with the equivalent peace, trusting in the Only One who can save us from our peril.

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