Two months ago today, Eric and I were in London for a delayed tenth year anniversary celebration. We had a delightful four days to explore the city, and loved every minute. We didn’t have any trouble getting in and out of the country (though the customs line was crazy long when we arrived). Today, the situation would be very different.
Flights have been canceled in and out of many of the British airports as Scotland Yard and other security agencies conducted a raid today. It looks like — though we won’t know for sure for awhile — another 9/11 type event was averted.
That brings a flood of not-so-fun memories back. Leaving work in D.C. almost before the workday had begun. Not being able to reach Eric on my cell phone to let him know I was okay and coming home, because the cell towers had been shut down. Watching the Pentagon burn from our neighborhood. Not being able to get to work for the rest of the week, because I worked at a court that sat within the circle of the White House security perimeter.
At moments like this, it would be very easy to give in to fear. But I won’t because I know my God is bigger than anything that is happening in this world. He is bigger than terrorists. He is bigger than any war in the Middle East. He is bigger than any problem in my immediate life. And for that, I am immensely grateful.
So every time fear crops up, I will choose to believe that He is who He says He is. And that He is bigger than circumstances. And I will choose to rest under the shadow of His protective wing.