Eleven years ago today was a normal day. Amy and I were celebrating one year of dating at college, and went out to dinner with some friends. There were little worries in America besides the political turmoil of the previous years election, and there were no real wars in which we were involved. The economy was doing well and we all seemed safe. It was a perfect, normal day, bright with the prospects of the future.
It turns out it was the last normal day. While September 10th passed as a normal day, September 11th is a day that changed all of that. September 11th introduced abnormality, turmoil, despair, pain, and fear. For months, everything we knew was thrown into disarray, and everyone wondered what life would be like now that September 11th happened. Eventually, things did calm down to the point where people didn’t have to think about the atrocities of September 11th every day, every hour. Eventually we did return to normal, but it was a different kind of normal. It wasn’t the “normal” of September 10, 2001.
This shows us how transient life can be and how our rest cannot be in the way things are right now. One day can make a big difference. One day can change everything. In one day, the Israelites went from slaves to freemen. In one day, David went from outlaw to king. In one day, Jesus went from dead to more alive than anyone who has ever lived. In one day, Haman went from king’s advisor to condemned criminal. One day can make all the difference in the world, and it is for this reason that the book of James says this:
“Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” While September 11th is a monument to murder, war, and destruction, let September 10th be a monument to the last time things were normal, and the difference one day makes.