I’ve been in a long distance relationship for about a year and a half. Alisha, who is now my fiance, lives in Phoenix, Ariz., and I live just across the Smyrna line in Marietta. When I say long distance, I mean it.
We see each other as often as we can and have made the best of it. For scheduling reasons, whenever I go to see her, I always fly out on a Sunday afternoon. When I realized at the beginning of August that I would traveling to Phoenix in September to go see my lovely lady, a quick look at my calendar revealed that leaving on September 11 would be my best bet.
I booked the flight pretty quickly after that, without giving any real consideration to the fact that I would be flying on September 11, the same day that terrorists attacked America with planes ten years ago. Like every other American, I have not forgotten September 11, 2001 and never will. Years later, however, that day doesn’t stand out in my mind as a reason to be fearful about the future, but as a day to learn from and look back on with reverence for those who lost their lives.
Shortly after I purchased the ticket, I began hearing almost non-stop from people around me and the media about how this year is the 10th anniversary of that fateful day. How, we all need to vigilant because, well...you just never know what could happen. I have to admit, hearing all this made me second guess my decision to fly on September 11. Alisha was worried about me and even suggested I change my flight to Monday but there was something inside me telling me not to worry — not to change my plans because of fear.
Not only would postponing my flight cost me an extra day with the girl I love and only get to see every other month, it would cost me extra money to get it changed. I made the decision not to alter my plans because of a possible worst-case scenario. I decided I was going to trust that God was in control.
The Bible has plenty to say about not giving into fear. Almost every book in it has a scripture that features the words “fear not.”
Psalm 46 says that, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging." (NIV)
My faith was really tested last Friday the media began talking about credible new information that terror attacks could be planned for this Sept. 11. Apparently, the terrorists planning the attack could already be in the county, the reporters said.
Fear, though, is simply not of God. Sure, we should all have common sense and take precaution when necessary, but being in a constant state fear about the “what ifs?” in life is no way to live. Part of being a believer is trusting that God is directing our steps and that He would not lead us down the wrong path. If we don’t at least believe that about the God we serve, then maybe we should question why we serve Him at all.
Jesus said in Luke 12:7, “And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” (NLT)
God cares about us more than we can understand. He created us an knows us down to the finest detail. When we come into a full realization of this fact, we can rest easy. It is true that we should never forget Sept. 11, 2001, but we should never forget God’s promises to us either.