This week I am blogging from Central PA, where I am ministering on the theme of “Loyalty to Christ”. Rick Poole, part of NDC’s worship team, is here with me leading worship for the week. It has been an interesting and challenging week so far (writing this on Tuesday morning). We are staying in a very remote hunting cabin. How remote is the hunting cabin? Well, we have no T.V., no internet, Rick has no cell phone coverage and my coverage is spotty. Yet coming apart in quietness and reflection is a very positive thing to do. As I write my blog, brother Rick is upstairs running through the songs we will be singing tonight. This is creating a spirit of worship as I put the finishing touches for my pulpit ministry for this evening.
There is something to be said about coming apart to a quiet place to reflect and to rest. The psalmist said in the 46th Psalm “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (v. 10 KJV). In the hustle and bustle of our busy lives we seldom take time to sit quietly at Jesus’ feet and absorb His grandeur. It’s so easy to live our lives, especially our spiritual lives, on auto pilot. We seldom take enough time to carefully and prayerfully consider God’s will or leading in our lives. I remember one of my directors at the counseling center I worked for over 9 years telling us about her devotional life. She would read her Bible and pray while driving to work in the morning. I am pretty sure that doesn’t fulfill the idea of “Being still and knowing that God is God”.
As I work on some ministry goals and objectives for the coming year, I am thankful for this quiet place of reflection, mediation and prayer. I am also amazed at the high privilege God has given to me to represent Him at Community Chapel in Hesston, PA this week. Again I reflect on the Psalms where in the 45th Psalm, the psalmist writes, “My heart is overflowing with a good matter; I speak of the things which I have made touching the King. My tongue is the pen of a ready writer” (v. 1 KJV). To have the opportunity to speak of the great things pertaining to my King, the Lord Jesus Christ, is a great blessing and privilege. I didn’t have anything to do with the open door Jesus has given me but I am sure glad I entered it. To think Jesus sent me to Israel for the opportunity to minister in Central PA is just like our great God who guides and directs our steps when we say yes to Him. It is also a blessing to see God opening doors of ministry for others through my obedience, which I believe He is going to continue to do. All praise to our great Savior who reigns supreme and uses us despite ourselves.
Pastor Rich Sivo