September 11, 2001. I took a test in Spanish class, then headed to get breakfast at the University Center of the University of Texas at Arlington.
I didn’t have enough money left on my student ID, so I went to the student center. No one was there. I realized no one was in the UC. I rang the bell on the desk. Someone from my left said “Over here.”
I turned to see a mass of people huddled around a 13″ TV. I asked what happened. He said a plane accidentally hit the World Trade Center. It was about that time I saw another plane come into frame. I said, “It wasn’t an accident.” Everyone turned toward the TV and as I pointed the second plane struck the other tower. I knew it was a coordinated attack. Terrorism had reached America.
I went to my next class excited to see what would unfold. I should probably explain I was a broadcasting student, and news of any sort excites us. I learned that CNN’s website had buckled under the number of visitors. We were told we could leave and that all classes were cancelled.
I left and noticed that something loud was outside. It was the loudest sound I’ve ever heard. I looked and realized there were no planes overhead, no cars on the road. The loud sound was complete silence. I had never been in complete silence like that. I mean not even a cricket chirp, quiet.
It was at this point I started to fear the circumstances. I drove home immediately. I walked in and hugged my wife and kissed my daughter. I thought, “What kind of world had I brought her into?”
I didn’t feel safe. God doesn’t promise us safety on earth, but he does provide a safe place for us:
“Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.” – Hebrews 13:17
God sends men to keep watch over you. These are men of the church, elders and deacons. They cannot always protect you physically, but they will pray for your spiritual protection, and you only have one requirement for this.