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“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” or “Extremely Close and Incredibly Loud”


Yes, that would be the movie.  If you haven’t seen it, please do. The emotional range of the young actor Thomas Horn was extraordinary. There were times I couldn’t’ keep up with his rants. And he deserved rants. Of all kinds.

There are plenty of “spoiler” sites so I won’t add to them. My take on this movie besides this kid’s exemplary acting skills, is not what I expected. Or maybe the movie wasn’t what I expected.

Anything having anything to do with 9/11 shakes us to the core now. Marked in American history as the worst terrorist attack on US soil, this movie depicts the heart of the pain, agony and loss we all felt. And still do.

Fortunately I had no connection to the devastation as far as human life goes. Yet, it ripped my heart out. The day the planes hit the World Trade Center, I had to explain to my daughter at 12 years of age, what had taken place. It was no easy task and one I will never forget which brings me to two points.

  1. Why were we, who witnessed this horrific portrayal of hate, living during this time in history?
  2. There was no reference that I saw (unless I missed it which is highly possible) in the movie to God. Richard Dawkins, yes, but not God.

My explanation to my daughter at the time of the attacks was interrupted by her question of “Mom, why did God let this happen? Are we bad people?”  My own emotions were running high and she was 12. God hates evil, but allows it for his own reasons and purposes but God is good and wants good for his people. 11 years later she is still asking that question.

Romans 1:18 “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.”

Why was I here? Why were you here? What significance was our presence, if any; have to do with the timing of the worst human inflicted disaster in American History?

I scoured the news and wept as I watched it.

My heart ached to the depths of my soul; my mind couldn’t wrap itself around the thought of what might have happened to the ones never found.

So why was I here? To pray. And pray I did. For those who died. Their families. The lost. The Medics, Police, EMT’s, Firemen, The Mayor, The President. Our country.

Phones rang across this land. It was God telling us to “wake up.”

“The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth”
(Psalms 145.18)

Extremely loud was the reality of a new enemy.

Incredibly close was, it hit home.

Tuesday, September 11, 2001, 8:56 A.M. The first plane hit and nothing would ever be the same again.

Yes, it was a movie and knowing Hollywood, God Almighty, the Great I Am is not politically correct. However, “At such a Time as This” political correctness did not apply, left or got lost in translation.

God showed up to many who did not know him.

God re-appeared to those who forgot him.

God encouraged those close to him.

And for all we know, God and his Angels were all over, inside and out of the Twin Towers, down the street of New York, at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pa.

A movie made, 10 years after the attack without reference to God seems reprehensible to me.

But…..God was extremely close and God was incredibly loud; yet we gave him little credit for what could have been a lot more “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”

We know the terrorists intentions were to do more damage and destruction than they got away with. We know they didn’t finish the job.
God finished it by stopping them.

http://theteentheme.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/honesty-in-prayer/

http://thewayeverlasting.com/2012/09/24/question-why-is-jesus-right-and-others-wrong/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/disobedience/

http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/life-is-in-christ-alone/

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