Matthew pushes ‘Moses’ pro­duc­tion into next month

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

A scene from ‘Moses’.

When we are dis­ap­pointed or wor­ried ... we must re­mem­ber that there is a plan — God’s plan. He wants us to trust Him, de­pend on Him, seek Him in all events. We must re­alise that He knows what is best for us. He wants to test us and strengthen us.

THE LAST two shows of Moses have been resched­uled for Novem­ber 25-27, one school show on Friday at 10 a.m., one on Satur­day at 7 p.m., and one on Sun­day at 4 p.m. We re­ally be­lieve all events turn out for the good for those who love and serve Him.

It seemed that the week­end of Oc­to­ber 1-2 would have been our big­gest crowds. The phone never stopped ring­ing all week for our Moses pro­duc­tion. The crowds had been full at the Na­tional Arena for all the nine pre­vi­ous shows, but then Hur­ri­cane Matthew whirled and crawled to­wards Ja­maica. We prayed and were ready to ac­cept what­ever He willed.

Psalm 16:7-11, “I bless the Lord who coun­sels me; even at night my heart ex­horts me. I keep the Lord al­ways be­fore me; with the Lord at my right, I shall never be shaken. There­fore my heart is glad, my soul re­joices; my body also dwells se­cure. For you will not aban­don me to Sheol, nor let your faith­ful ser­vant see the pit. You will show me the path to life, abound­ing joy in your pres­ence, the de­lights at your right hand for­ever.”

KIND­NESS OF JA­MAICANS

Ma­jor Des­mon Brown, gen­eral man­ager of In­de­pen­dence Park Lim­ited, and Ho­race Blaise, from the Of­fice of Disas­ter Pre­pared­ness and Emer­gency Man­age­ment, al­lowed for the two shows on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 1, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.. For this, we give thanks. But by Sun­day, we had to re­move all the chairs, stage, and lights lent to us by Main Event.

Mis­sion­ar­ies of the Poor can­not help but be im­pressed at the kind­ness of Ja­maicans as they con­tinue to help us serve the poor. Per­haps see­ing all these good in­ten­tions, the Lord eased Hur­ri­cane Matthew past Ja­maica, and, amaz­ingly, spared Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haï­tien in Haiti. There was dam­age. Over 100 peo­ple died in Haiti, but it was an­tic­i­pated that much more disas­ter would have hap­pened. Thank God it did not oc­cur, and our Broth­ers, who re­side and work with the home­less and des­ti­tute in CapHaï­tien were spared cat­a­strophic dam­age.

When we are dis­ap­pointed or wor­ried — as hap­pened when Hur­ri­cane Matthew ap­proached Ja­maica – we must re­mem­ber that there is a plan, God’s plan. He wants us to trust Him, de­pend on Him, seek Him in all events. We must re­alise that He knows what is best for us. He wants to test us and strengthen us.

GOD IN CHARGE

As peo­ple of faith, Ja­maicans never lose their joy and hap­pi­ness even when un­der stress. “God is in charge.” That is on the lips of Ja­maicans through hur­ri­canes, ev­ery sick­ness and death, know­ing that bet­ter must come ul­ti­mately. When we ar­rive in Heaven, we will ex­pe­ri­ence God Him­self.

Chris­tians are not just dream­ers. I am a full be­liever in the re­al­ity of life. I have con­fronted hunger, anger, ha­tred, sick­ness, and death. I know the re­al­ity of pay­ing bills for food, water, clothes, medicines, light, land, build­ings. I know of sin, per­sonal and com­mu­nally. I know of ha­tred, jeal­ousy, envy, theft, and even mur­der. But ul­ti­mately, I be­lieve that God is won­der­ful. I also know that with God in our lives, all things turn out for good. His for­give­ness of sins, His death and res­ur­rec­tion con­quer our sad­ness and neg­a­tiv­ity. He will be truth­ful to us.

True Chris­tians are re­al­ists yet pos­i­tive. On the other hand, the devil cre­ates neg­a­tiv­ity. He wants us to de­spair, to be hope­less, to be sad and to be ap­a­thetic, and even to hate life. He wants us to live in neg­a­tiv­ity, cyn­i­cism, dis­ap­point­ment, and fi­nally re­ject God. God, on the other hand, brings good news, hope, and the prom­ise of eter­nal life.

Pray for our Mis­sion­ar­ies of the Poor. We are open­ing a new home for lep­ers in East Ti­mor, next to In­done­sia.

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