Boston. Columbine. New York City. Blacksburg. Port-au-Prince.
What do these cities have in common?
Boston, Massachusetts marathon bombing. April 15, 2013
Columbine, Colorado High School shooting. April 20, 1999
New York City, NY terrorist attack. September 11, 2001
Blacksburg, Virginia...Virginia Tech shooting. April 16, 2007
Port-au-Prince, Haiti earthquake January 12, 2010
They have all been in the headlines. They were very important and sought an emotional response. Now, let's be real honest...after these events occurred, they were soon forgotten unless you were directly affected by these tragedies.
This morning while I was reading my Bible and drinking coffee, I noticed the mug I was drinking out of. It was a Boston mug. There was so much hype about Boston a month or so ago with the marathon bombing. It was a tragedy indeed. But when is the last time someone other than a Bostonian has really had much thought about it?
Then the Lord just whispered to me "Remember...".
I am so prone to forget tragedies. I am so prone to forget things that at one time demanded such emotion from me. And I am also prone to forget his grace, his goodness, his mercy, his kindness that led me to repentance.
I never want to forget where I was before he rescued me, or his relentless pursuit of me in my sin, but most of all I never want to forget that HE was the one who rescued me!
I never want to have "Boston moments" when it comes to my relationship with God.
His grace demands much more than an emotional response that will soon be forgotten. Because once you are truly affected by grace, your life will absolutely never be the same.
Praise God, everything changes!