And the Lord brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders. (Deuteronomy 26:8)

For anyone old enough to be aware, September 11, 2001 was a terrible day. We Americans were shocked at the brashness of the attack on our homeland and devastated at the destruction of human life. The strangest part of that day, for me personally, is that it was on that morning that I first suspected I was pregnant with my second child. I wondered though that day in a fog, my heart breaking for the pain in other parts of the world, and yet caught up in the emotion of my own situation.

I heard once that the imagery in this verse shows how God is sovereign over the world in ways both global and individual. An "outstretched arm" is indicative of God governing in the large affairs of men on a national and worldwide scale. By contrast, a "mighty hand" is a way of showing how God cares about us in our day-to-day, individual journeys through this world.

In the years since the awful day in 2001, we have heard story after story of God's faithfulness during the attacks and the recovery efforts. His love and mercy were available to victims, perpetrators and responders alike. And in my own walk, no particular day has every so clearly shown me how God is at once lofty and powerful, but also near enough to care about me and my family.


Glynis Becker is a writer living in Rapid City, South Dakota. She works full-time as the administrative coordinator at her church, as well as being a wife and a mother of two teenagers. She writes inspirational fiction and devotions, as well as co-writes screenplays. Her first co-written film, Sinking Sand, will be distributed in early 2017.

Dear Heavenly Father, we give you praise today that you are sovereign over the nations, powerful and mighty, yet near enough to us to speak to us and direct our feeble steps. Amen.