September 11, 2001, everybody can remember that day. Just where you were, and just what you were doing when you heard news of the attack on the World Trade Center Towers, and the Pentagon. Close to 3,000 lives were lost that day. America was under attack, our way of life was under attack, our freedom's, and our liberty were under attack, on our own soil.
The whole nation went to prayer seeking God's protection, His safety, and His guidance. The following Sunday every church in the country was full to the brim, as people sought God. Prayers were lifted for the victims and their families. Prayers for the first responders as they searched and sought out survivors. Prayers for our nation's leaders, and for our military personnel. But in a few short weeks as things settled down and returned somewhat to normal, the people put God, the very God they so earnestly sought just a short time ago, back in the box and back on the shelf until next time.
Fast forward to Monday January 2, 2023, to Monday Night Football. As most sports fans gathered in their living rooms, dens, or sports bars, with friends and family to watch a highly anticipated game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cicinnati Bengals, nobody had any idea of what they were about to witness. At 8:55 PM, just 9 minutes into the opening quarter, 24-year-old Bill's safety Damar Hamlin dropped over backwards dead from sudden cardiac arrest. Instantly players from both teams screamed for help from the sidelines. Three-hundred-pound professional football players were seen hugging each other as they openly wept. Players from both team's arm and arm knelt on the field once again in prayer. God heard and answered those prayers as Damar was resuscitated on the field after 10 minuets of CPR and defibrillation.
I wonder what it would be like if we kept God out of the box, and off the shelf, every day, and talked to Him every day? Maybe, just maybe we might get to know Him, and realize we don't just need God in times of peril, but we need Him every day. I'm reminded of the scripture verse found in Matthew 19:26; "with God all things are possible".