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A Hard Day for Noah August 11, 2016

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Our bedtime story continues.

God wasn’t the only one hurting.  When He shared with Noah His decision, it broke Noah’s heart as well.  Noah was in an area with other people.  People he knew.  Neighbors, and relatives, too.  Aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents.  Even great-grandparents that were still living.  See, people back then lived a really long time.  So he had lots of family members all around him.  (I would imagine birthday parties were really crowded back then.)

But this is what God said to Noah: “But with you will I establish my covenant; and you shall come into the ark, you, and your sons, and your wife, and your sons wives with you.”

Noah had to face the fact that all of his relatives were going to be destroyed along with the earth.  All of his cousins, all of his aunts and uncles, all the people he had known for his entire life.

He lived in a world filled with people.  And now?  There would only be 8 people left.

There is no record of Noah’s response to God when God told him the only people on the ark were going to be him and his wife, his sons and their wives.  But I’m sure Noah wasn’t happy about it.

Noah had made a choice to follow God and be obedient to God’s leading.  In our previous bedtime story, found here, we talked about what Noah was like.  We mentioned that he “walked with God.”  We don’t know for sure, but perhaps Noah watched his relatives and wondered why they didn’t walk with God.  Why didn’t they make the same choices that Noah had made?

We don’t know.  And we’ll never know.

But Noah made the choice to walk with God, and obey God. even though no one else did.  Plus, Noah made the choice to not judge his relatives, all those cousins and aunts and uncles that would not be in the ark with him and his wife and sons and sons’ wives.

It was a hard day for Noah.  And it would be followed by many more hard days after that.

There will be times in life when things will happen, and you won’t be able to explain them. There will be times in life when you will have a hard day, or a hard week, or even a hard year. But God is always there with you, even through the hardest of days, weeks, and even years.

And Father God understands your pain. So cling to Him, even when you don’t understand. Even when the day is hard.

Remember His Love for you, as you rest tonight.  G’night.

 

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A Painful Conversation August 9, 2016

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Welcome back to our storybook.

Tonight’s story is not an easy one.

Sometimes tough decisions have to be made.  Have you ever had to make a tough, really tough, decision?  I’m not talking about deciding whether or not you’re going to play this video game, or that video game, when you really like them both.  And I’m not talking about trying to decide which movie you are going to see at the theater.  Yes, those can be tough decisions, but the type of decision I’m talking about had grave consequences.

God came to Noah one day, and said, “Listen.  I have made a decision.”

Noah could tell from God’s tone of voice, God was very upset.  Angry?  No.  Upset?  Yes.  Grieved?  Yes.  Ready to fling lightning bolts at the people on the earth?  No.  But God was very, very sad, because to get rid of the evil in the world, He had to do something very, very hard.

God said to Noah, “I’m facing the fact that the world is filled with violence, and there’s no stopping it.  All that I created has become corrupt.”

It was a hard day, for God and for Noah.  God was having to face the fact that all He created had become tainted with evil.

Do you truly understand what “tainted” means?

Let me see if I can give you a couple of examples.

Suppose you’re at a restaurant with a friend, and you order unsweetened tea to drink, but your friend orders sweet tea.  Then suppose that the server accidentally swaps the two glasses when she brings them to your table.  So your friend takes a sip and says it’s not very sweet, and then adds sugar to the tea.  Then you take a sip and realize your tea is not unsweetened, which tells you that the server mixed up the glasses.

You want to switch them back, but then you realize: your friend has added sugar to your unsweetened tea!  Is there any way to get that sugar back out of your unsweetened tea?  No.  It’s been tainted with the sugar, and now you can’t separate the sugar from the tea.

Or suppose you are making brownies for dessert, and you need to add oil to the mix.  However, you read the amount incorrectly and add too much, and you don’t realize your mistake before you pour the oil into the bowl.  Now that it’s in the bowl, it’s too late.  You can’t get it back out, right?  The brownie mix has been tainted with the extra oil.

This is what had happened to the earth.  God said the earth had become “corrupt” which means it had been “spoiled, ruined, destroyed.”  All because of the wickedness of man.

God was brokenhearted.  He wasn’t angry, He was brokenhearted.  It was a hard day for God.

Let me ask you a question:  have you ever created something – an art project, a science project, a drawing, something creative – and someone else, either through an intentional act, or by accident, ruined what you had created?  How did you feel as you looked at your tainted creation?  Did you run to your mom or dad, or to a close friend, for comfort over what was lost?

Well, God had no one to run to, to comfort Him in His loss.

Can you see the broken heart of the Creator of the universe?

One thing you can be certain of: He sees you, and He knows every single time something happens to break your heart.

Dwell on this truth, as you drift off to sleep tonight.

Renewing Commitment March 30, 2012

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This blog has sat dormant for so long.

Wow.

I haven’t forgotten it.  I promise I didn’t.

To be honest, I got stuck.  And I didn’t know how to write what I needed to write for the next bedtime story.  And that got me discouraged.

Ever been discouraged?

Well, God’s got an answer for getting me “unstuck.”  So, I’m back in the chair, sitting at the “writing desk” and waiting on Him to show me how this next story in our storybook needs to be written.

He has all the answers.  I don’t.

So I sit.  And wait.  And worship my Father Who wrote this story a long time ago.

I’ll be back soon, with the next post.  Don’t worry.  I don’t think this gap will be as long as the last one.

G’night.

The Storybook is Dusty September 13, 2011

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Greetings, all,

I haven’t forgotten about our bedtime story.  But this past year has been full of situations that required my full attention.  Illnesses, deaths in the family, etc.  But I want to take the storybook back off the shelf, dust it off, and start telling stories again.  Soon, very soon.

Would you like that?  If so, let me know.  That would be encouraging.  And pray for me as I step out to tell these stories again.

Thanks for your patience.  I hope you will be reading more bedtime stories from our storybook in the very near future.

Blessings to you all!