January 22, 2011

Observations #3

Introduction: Do you ever find yourself making odd observations about things you encounter in life? For example: why do you drive on a parkway and park in a driveway? Or, why must women have their mouths stretched wide open while putting on their mascara? And as odd as these observations may seem, they often present a good point. The following is an observation from the story of Noah and the Ark.

The storm on the outside of the ship wasn’t as big of a threat as the two woodpeckers on the inside.

Life can be difficult and the situations we face can often times relate best to an actual storm than anything else. The different pressures, circumstances and unfortunate events often present threats to our lives. The same can be found true in the story of Noah and the Ark. And as devastating as the storm would become, I’ve come to think that the biggest threat may have actually been on the inside rather than the outside. For prior to the storm we read of God giving the plans and designs to Noah in order to withstand the storm coming their way, and when the rain began to fall the ark did exactly that. What we don’t read about is the challenge Noah faced while managing the chaos within the ark. The more I think of it, the more I would rather be getting drenched by rain than sitting in a room with a couple bears, gorillas and any cat species for that matter. Perhaps the storm on the outside of the ship wasn’t as big of a threat as the two woodpeckers on the inside.

I believe God has provided the plans for our lives and has prepared us for what’s ahead, but in the end what takes place on the inside may be the very thing capable of hurting us the most. In other words the worry, doubt, self-criticism, insecurities and lies we allow to fester within us may be the biggest threat we face in life.  For this reason I’m assuming Noah had to cage the woodpeckers on board. And I believe in life we will need to do the same if we’re going to accomplish what God has appointed us to do. For my entire life I’ve always heard people speak of believing in God, but never did I hear how much God believes in us. The reality is God believes we can do incredible things in life. Perhaps the real issue is how much we actually believe in ourselves. Just know whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you’ll be right. And the first step towards thinking you can, is caging the things that say you can’t.