A 9/11 story you probably haven’t heard
IT’S NEWS TO ME
SETTING OUR MINDS ON THINGS ABOVE
As we think about everything that’s happening in our world, I suppose that our most common positive spin has something to do with the fact that God’s is still in control. We rightly fall back on God’s sovereignty over everything. Because we’re bombarded with alarming news of a regular basis, we need to be reminded of this often.
I recently watch a video that gave me a new perspective on God’s sovereignty. The video was purely scientific and never mentioned God, as was to be expected, but the realization of the incomprehensible vastness of the universe reminded me of the equally incomprehensible greatness of our God. The video is of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field.
It’s only four minutes long, but its message clearly shows how puny the world’s “problems” are compared to the creator of the entire universe. Our God could eliminate our entire planet in a millisecond if He chose to, but His “vastness” is equaled by His love for His children. Everything He brings into our lives is filtered through the message of the cross which settles for all time whether He really loves us when bad things happen.
Here are a few verses that speak to God’s sovereignty over the plans of men, even those whose hearts are full of evil. Meditate on them in light of the video. It’s great medicine for our faltering hearts.
The LORD foils the plans of the nations;
He thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,
And the purposes of His heart through all generations (Ps. 33 10-11).
Many are the plans in a man’s heart,
But it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails (Pv. 19:21).
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
A sweet grandmother telephoned St. Joseph’s Hospital. She timidly asked, “Is it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how a patient is doing?”
The operator said, “I’ll be glad to help, dear. What’s the name and room number of the patient?”
The grandmother, in her weak, tremulous voice, said, “Norma Findlay, Room 302.”
The operator replied, “Let me put you on hold while I check with the nurse’s station for that room.”
After a few minutes, the operator returned to the phone and said, “I have good news. Her nurse just told me that Norma is doing well. Her blood pressure is fine; her blood work just came back normal and her physician, Dr. Cohen, has scheduled her to be discharged tomorrow.”
The grandmother said, “Thank you. That’s wonderful. I was so worried. God bless you for the good news.”
The operator replied, “You’re more than welcome. Is Norma your daughter?”
The grandmother said, “No, I’m Norma Findlay in Room 302. No one tells me anything!”
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