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All Alone September 15, 2016

Posted by Michelle Knoll in Devotionals.
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The rains were gone. The flood waters were gone. The storm clouds were gone. A wind came and helped rid the earth of the waters. And finally, Noah and his family were able to leave the ark.

God told Noah, “Go forth.” And Noah did, along with his wife, his sons, and their wives.

The animals left, too. The ark was suddenly very empty and quiet.

I’m sure Noah walked through all three decks of the ark, to make sure all the animals were out. As he checked every stall, every place someone had slept, every place some animal had eaten meals every day, he saw nothing. Only emptiness.

Outside the ark, some animals left Noah and his family, and traveled down the mountain to find new homes. Noah and his family had to make a new home as well.

It was freedom at last! The horrible storm was over, finally! Noah and his family were past the hardest time of their lives.

But now? They were all alone. In a big world, standing on a mountain where they could see for long distances, they saw nothing but land. If there were any buildings anywhere, they might have been damaged by all the water, or they could have been still standing. But there were no people in them.

Can you imagine what that felt like? To emerge from the ark, to look out over the land, and realize you and seven other people are the ONLY people on the entire planet?

It’s sort of like being at your school building in the middle of summer, and walking the halls, and looking in the empty classrooms, and listening to the echos in the hallway, because you’re the only person there. No friends to talk to, no parents around, no principal or teachers to remind you of what you need to be doing, no one. What would that feel like, to you? Kinda creepy? Scary?

Think about what Noah felt like. He was suddenly supreme ruler of all the land.  He didn’t have anyone to go to, to ask them which buildings belonged to which families; there were no other families. He couldn’t ask anyone if it was okay to plant a garden where they were at; there were no other farmers around. He couldn’t barter with anyone for building materials, or clothing. There wasn’t anyone to barter with.

It was a new existence for the eight people – the only people – still living after the flood.

New can sometimes be scary. New can be uncomfortable. New can be mind-boggling. New can be unnerving.New can make you want to run and hide. Or become resentful. Or freak out.

Noah didn’t freak out. Instead, he built an altar, and proceeded to present God with a sacrifice. And God smelled the aroma of that sacrifice, and made a promise to Noah:

I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8: 21-22)

If you find yourself in a new situation, faced with an unknown so big you don’t know what to do, offer a sacrifice of praise to the Lord. Give to Him from your heart. Shower your thanks and love on Him. And then listen for His promise to you. He’s there, waiting for you to seek Him.

Rest tonight assured that God is watching over you, and will lead you to the end of the hard times, just like He did Noah. And He is waiting for you to emerge and embrace the new. He has plans for you. Never forget that.