(Disclosure-I am not good at Math lol. I thought I calculated correctly between the first plane attack and the last and came up with 81 minutes. I decided to Google it and CNN states it was 102 minutes)
On September 11th, I went into town to the 9/11 Memorial we have here in Padova. I went to pray, to reflect and catch a glimpse of what others were doing on that day. As the train schedule would have it, I was at the site at the exact times the World Trade Center was hit. Two wreaths were beautifully placed at the memorial. One with a ribbon from the City of Padova, the other from the Vincenza Army Base.
I arrived solemn, tears for the victims and their families, and anger as I looked at the piece of structure from the site that was hoisted at the Memorial. Evil. Evil had struck and taken the lives of thousands of people. Evil showed its ugly face that day.
Around me were a group of high school boys walking down the ramp and around the back of the Memorial to sit and smoke their cigarettes. One couple touring Padova walked down to take photos. Two gals who were obviously a couple, giggling loudly as they shared their time together. That was it. It would appear to have been any other day.
While at home, I watched some footage from the actual morning of Sept. 11, 2001. It was interesting to hear the TV hosts speak about what a gorgeous day it was that September morning. One weatherman even commented on how it was a quiet day, nothing much happening in the country.
People on their way to work, Moms getting their children out the door and into school, people running to chase their bus, their train. Others off to a late start and upset that they are going to be late to work. Passengers on airplanes looking forward to seeing loved ones once they reach their destination. Lovers kissing each other goodbye with the assurance they will see one another later that evening.
And then, something happened that would change the lives of so many forever. Something so unexpected and shocking. A catastrophe that would alter our world as we know it.
102 minutes that would be used to kill, rob and destroy. 102 minutes that the world would stare at in unbelief. 102 minutes that we thought would never end. 102 minutes of unknown, fear and tragedy. 102 minutes that would live on in the memory of all of us for the rest of our lives.
After awhile, I walked around our city, watching people scurry about to their destinations, stopping for coffee, going in and out of various shops looking to buy the latest fashion. All seemed normal, typical, nothing earth shattering was going on around us.
Naturally my thoughts turned to the Rapture. The day when Jesus will return for His church and take those that are His with Him. It's going to be a day just like the September 11, 2001 and just like September 11, 2014. A day that seems like any other day. A day where for many there is no forethought that something life altering may occur. A day where people will be eating and drinking, making plans for the weekend, picking out the perfect blouse...........and then...............something happens. A trumpet will sound. Will everyone hear it? I don't really know.
The news media went on for days, weeks, even months about the 102 minutes on that September day. They brought in all kinds of analysts, experts, and anyone else willing to discuss the hows and the whys of that day. Everyone had their own opinions and thoughts. Questions asked about how to prepare for such a tragedy, how do you move on, and of course....how did we not know?
I can only imagine the day of the Rapture. The news media sitting around their desks, trying to bring in as many 'experts' as they can find to try to explain the phenomenon of what occurred.
The saddest is going to be those that do know what happened. Those that were warned and yet didn't heed the warning. Those who had friends or loved ones that told them beforehand about this day and yet for whatever reason, they chose not to believe it. Those that mocked their friends when they shared Christ's love with them and told them how they, too, could take part. Those who thought they had more time and put off this important decision. Those who thought they were guaranteed tomorrow.
We are not guaranteed tomorrow my friends. We know the saying that every day is a gift from God. Today is the day of salvation! Tomorrow is not promised to any of us.
Jesus said "I am the Way, the Truth and the Light." There is no other, there is no other way. Each of us has to make a decision as to whether or not we believe this. And how we respond to this truth will effect our lives for eternity. It's a choice we all have to make.
As I mentioned earlier, I entered the Memorial sad and in a solemn mood. After awhile, everyone left the area and it was just me and the Lord. I walked over where the wreaths were and prayed a little more. And then, I found myself looking at that piece of steel and thought how mighty our God is. There is nothing impossible for Him. He is Alpha. He is Omega. He is stronger than anything that evil might throw our way. He will stomp the enemy and all its evil under His mighty foot. Soon, I started to sing aloud, (not too loud mind you) the song by Janny Grein-We've Been Made More Than Conquerors. We do not have to fear evil, we don't need to worry about the future. As someone put it--we know the end of the Book. Do you?