I still remember where I was when it happened. I was in my small IT support office in the bank where I worked. I was sitting before my console, ensuring that the branch users where working without problems when my yahoo messenger client began blinking. ‘Who could do that be?’ I wondered, a bit annoyed that I was being distracted from my work. Then I noticed that it was not just one window blinking, then I opened the first one and my blood ran cold. ‘Terrorist attack on America, plane hits World Trade Centre!”
I quickly opened up my internet explorer and tried to access BBC, the site wouldn’t open. I got a message, ‘We are sorry but there are too many requests currently on this site, please try later’. I tried CNN, no dice. Google wouldn’t open either, especially since my internet access then was a dialup 56k modem.
Minutes later I was jolted by another chat message, ‘Oh my God! Another plane flown into the World Trade Centre!’ At that point, I had to know what was going on. By the time I got to a television, I watched in open mouthed horror at what extent the human mind can conceive evil.
Ten years have since passed. Almost 3000 people dead, many of whom their families still mourn today. They were not even given the luxury of a decent burial. All their loved ones could do is to hold a memorial for them.
Ten years later, the man who claimed the attack, Osama Bin Laden, has himself been killed by the forces of the same country he coordinated terror attacks against. I wonder what his last thoughts were, looking into the face of the man who killed him, knowing that this was the end?
The American nation has since moved on. The ashes of the World Trade Centre have given way to a beautiful water fountain flowing into the foundations of the destroyed buildings. The names of those who died, engraved on the marbles surrounding the fountain as a memorial. A new complex is already being planned with the first of them, One World Trade Centre already towering up towards its height of 1,776 feet.
Over 2,000 years ago, some people conspired to put a man to death. He was teaching some stuff that made them uncomfortable even though it was true. The succeeded in killing him and ensured that he was not only buried but that his tomb was sealed and placed under guard. They jubilated and celebrated the end of not only the man but the increasing following he commanded. Finally, they could go on with business as usual.
What they did not know was that on the third day, the tomb was not able to hold Jesus in. The seal melted and the guard were numb with shock when they saw the angels who rolled the stone away.
Jesus’ resurrection caused an explosion of the Christian movement which has continued to increase over the centuries. The church has continued to march on!
No matter what you may have lost; money, business, relationships or friends, please be assured my friend, God will bring something good out of the ashes. Do not give up! Keep moving on, keep trusting God and He will carry you through.
© Biblepraise Fellowship
Steve Popoola is the editor of Biblepraise Newsletter and the owner of Biblepraise Fellowship Online at http://www.biblepraise.org. He currently resides in London where he works as an IT professional. He serves in the ministerial team of his local church as well as in the music ministry. He is the Moderator/Editor of Biblepraise Newsletter. He can be reached through His email address, email@example.com