Last week I was blogging about the opportunity that God had set for New Durham Chapel to be a host church for college students who will be involved in disaster relief on Staten Island for the next 6 weeks. So I was a little disappointed when I got a call from the coordinator last Saturday evening telling me that they had found a place on Staten Island that was willing to host the group. I certainly understood it would be far better for the group to be out on Staten Island rather than here in Piscataway. Still I must admit I was saddened by the loss of opportunity that God had seemly set before us then taken away. But sometimes God does test us to see whether or not we are available to serve Him and willing to say “yes”. On this occasion we said “yes”, but it seems God is saying “Thank you but I have a better location to house this ministry in”. I, however, believe we should continue to pursue opportunities to help with disaster relief whatever doors God may set before us. On occasions like this I am reminded of Paul’s words in the 4th chapter of Philippians where he writes “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things” (v. 6-8, NIV). This is one of the most powerful passages in the whole Bible on how to have a sound mental health. I think the verses are powerfully connected. If we are thinking on these things that are mentioned we won’t be anxious and nervous. And if we are bringing “everything to God in prayer”, that will help us to see God at work in all of life’s circumstances.
Last month when the power went out and we had not water, it was hard to think on things that were lovely and praiseworthy and yet God supplied and provided. As we wait on the Lord to open doors of ministry for us let’s make sure we have a sound mental focus and that we’re bringing all our praise and adoration to the one who alone is worthy of all our praise and adoration, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Pastor Rich Sivo