If all goes according to plan, our mission team will be in the “bush” of Suriname today. These trips are always an adventure, because every human plan is subject to immediate and unexpected twists and turns. Itineraries are best written in pencil with a big eraser. The little village of Powakka is our target, but Covid stipulations within the country may delay our journey for a day or two. Maybe more. Even getting off the ground in the states is a challenge.
We must present proof that we have had our vaccines for Covid and a test taken not more than twenty-four hours before the plane takes off in Miami. That has proven to be the challenge. Now, the authorities also demand documentation for a Yellow Fever shot. The powers-that-be are ultra-careful about who they allow into their country. That is wise, even if it is a pain in the neck. Wouldn’t we be wise to be just as careful about what we allow into our brains?
“YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.” Those are the words of Jesus in response to a question about the greatest command in the law (Matthew 22:37). Do we? Our minds will be devoted to someone or something. Think of all that He has done for us. His thoughts are centered on us. Are ours focused on Him? Love the Lord your God with ALL your mind. Guard what occupies that whole space. It belongs to Him.
Peter was asked on the day of Pentecost what the Jews who instigated the crucifixion of the Son of God should do (Acts 2:37). Their heart had been touched by the reality of what they had done. The very first action that Peter called for was repentance (Acts 2:38), which means a change of mind. It was not the only thing, but it led the list that day. They believed in the one true God but needed to change their minds about Jesus.
Our mind can be a fertile field for anxiety. We worry. It is one of our areas of great vulnerability, so the word of God provides directions for Christians about that, too. Our God is ready to stand guard over our hearts and minds with His incomprehensible peace and even explains how to secure it (Philippians 4:6-9). The secret is to have enough faith to trust Him and use His formula.
It begins in our minds. We devote them to Him. We change them as we gather more information. The wondrous peace of God guards them as we utilize His word. Nearly everyone is guarding against Covid. We will be tested going and coming on our mission trip to Suriname. We should be as careful with what we allow into our minds. Covid might destroy our body. Wrong thinking will destroy our soul.