“Patmos, we’re going to New Jersey!” That was Friday night. Saturday morning we were at the airport at 5 AM. Most days I love my life.
I couldn’t believe that God had chosen to send us. The church provided warm clothing, work boots, flights, and meals. We were simply the hands and feet to broken people in the perfect state to learn of the hope of Christ. We ripped up flooring, hauled out water-logged insulation, shattered walls, piled stuff on the side of the roads, loved on people, and preached the Gospel. The week was filled with blessing and challenge, not simply for the people in Jersey, but for my very own restless heart and soul.
I was faced with a multitude of hurting people, desperate for every shred of “hope” that lay in piles outside their “home.” I was also faced with the reality of my Refuge, and His guarantee to fulfill that promise no matter what the situation.
Hopefully you can experience my week through these pictures and the Scriptures God spoke to me throughout my time there…
“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations…You turn man to destruction, and say, ‘Return, oh children of men…'” (Psalm 90:1, 3)
“You carry them away like a flood…” (Psalm 90:5)
“So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom…and establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.” (Psalm 90: 12,17)
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
“The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea.” (Psalm 93:4)
“For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands…I have been anointed with fresh oil…He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” (Psalm 92:4, 10, 15)
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High, to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night.” (Psalm 92:1)