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Waiting… Waiting… September 14, 2016

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Greetings, dear readers. I have a question for you.

Have you ever been waiting for something to happen? Just waiting, because there’s nothing else you can do? Did it seem as if the thing you were waiting on was never going to come?

Well, Noah had to wait a long time for all the water to go away. The water had risen way above the tops of mountains. Mountains! Everything had been covered, and then some. And now, the water had to drain away.

Just think about it. They were floating along, gently swaying back and forth on the surface of the water, and suddenly –

Bump!

The ark came to rest on a mountaintop. Yet it still wasn’t time to get out of the ark. Noah and his family had to wait.

Two months later, the tops of mountains could be seen, finally! But it still wasn’t time to get out of the ark. They had to wait.

Another forty days pass, and  Noah finally sends out a raven. The raven flies back and forth, back and forth. But it still wasn’t time to get out of the ark! They still had to wait!

Then Noah sends out a dove, but the dove couldn’t find a place to land. So the dove came back. And they waited. Another seven days, and Noah sends out the dove again. This time, the dove brings back an olive branch, and Noah knows that the water is finally down low enough that trees can be found. However, they don’t get off the ark at that moment. No, they still must wait.

After another seven days, Noah sends out the dove again, and this time it doesn’t come back. The dove has found a place to call home. Do you think it was time to get off the ark then? No, it wasn’t. They still had to wait.

Could you have waited that long?

From the time the ark rested on the top of a mountain to the time Noah and his family finally stepped off the ark, seven months had passed.

Once again I ask, could you have waited that long? Waiting for seven months to be able to stand on land would be a hard thing to do, don’t you think? And yet, that’s what Noah and his family did.

When Noah started building the ark, he didn’t get any indication from God about how long this “storm” was going to last. At least, the Bible doesn’t say that he was given any idea about how much time this situation was going to take. Likewise, we don’t have any indication that Noah had a hard time with staying on the ark. He just did it, you know?

Have you ever been in a situation that you wanted to end quickly, but it didn’t look like the end was in sight? Have you ever wished for something to be over with? Have you ever prayed and begged God to please take away the bad thing you’re having to deal with, because you just don’t want to deal with it any more?

We all have things in our lives that we’d rather not deal with. We all have situations we would like to see end. Everyone longs for the time to come when we can say, “Whew! Glad that’s over!” Most of us have never been through something like what Noah went through – not even close – but some of us have been through situations that were very hard, and very drawn out, and we just got weary with it.

Dear Readers, there’s a phrase at the beginning of this part of the story that is so important, and I want you to think about this phrase as you go to sleep.

“And God remembered Noah…”

See, Noah was never out of the Lord’s sight. God knew right where Noah was, the entire time. But this phrase said that God remembered, or He considered, Noah’s situation. He knew Noah was getting tired of that ark. And He knew how long it was going to take for all the water to go away. And He gave Noah grace to last until it was finally safe for Noah and his family to get off the ark.

And God knows where you are, and He remembers – considers – your situation. And if you will talk to Him, and ask Him for help, He will give you grace to handle what you are going through. No matter how big, no matter how small.

Rest tonight knowing that you’ve not been forgotten. God has you on His mind.

G’night.

 

“The Rains Came Down and the Floods Came Up…” August 24, 2016

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Dear Reader, have you ever heard that old Sunday School song? The song is actually about the wise man who built his house upon the rock, and the foolish man who built his house upon the sand. When the rains came down and the floods came up, the wise man’s house stood firm but the foolish man’s house went SPLAT!

But in our story, the wise man built an ark.  And when the Lord told Noah it was going to rain in seven days, the wise man Noah took his wife, sons, and daughters-in-law and got into the ark. They sat in the ark for seven days, with all those animals, and waited.

And then?storm cloud and lightning

The rains came. And they came. And they came.

It was a downpour like none other. It rained so much that it lifted the ark up off the ground! The ark floated during this terrible storm, tossing back and forth.

What do you think Noah felt like? Do you think he was scared? Do you think he was sad? All of his relatives were gone now. Do you think he was grieved? I think he was.

What do you think was going on in the ark? Do you think it was quiet? Or noisy? Do you think the animals were all calm during the storm? Or do you think they were agitated?

There are so many things we don’t know about this great flood, and how the animals handled it, and how Noah and his family handled it. We do know that Noah had stored enough food for all his family and all the animals to eat. We do know that it rained solid for forty days and nights. We do know that the waters covered the entire earth so much so that the water level was way above the mountains that existed at the time, at least 22.5 feet above the highest peak.

And believe it or not, the water stayed there for 150 days after it was all over.

Rain is good for the land, but when it seems like the rain isn’t going to stop, it can get very wearying. Have you ever been at home and listened to a downpour? Did you ever wish it would stop? Then imagine how Noah felt, listening to rain for forty whole days.

I can’t imagine what that was like. Listening to the rain that won’t stop, feeling the ark pitch and rock, hearing the animals in their different rooms, looking at his wife’s face, his sons’ faces, their wives’ faces, wondering what they’re all thinking.

And then floating for 150 days. Nothing to do but float, and look out the one window he had built into the ark.

Safe, and together. But now alone in the world.

Readers, you may be going through a problem that you feel will never end. You may feel all alone in the world, and you may feel weary because of what you’re facing. You may be scared. You don’t know the future, and you’re not sure you’re going to make it.

Be at peace. God is with you. And just like Noah, God is watching over you, and He will keep you safe.

Sleep well tonight.

 

An Element of Grace June 26, 2009

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