January 11, 2011

Observations #1

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.

It wasn't raining when God told Noah to build the Ark.
Step into Noah's shoes. It has never rained in your life and God comes to you with this outrageous task of building a ship that will withstand an incredible storm, save your family and rescue tons of animals. What's the first thing that comes to your mind if you're Noah? I'm guessing his first question was, what's rain? Because history tells us that Noah had never experienced rain. Not to mention the type of rain that requires flotation devices. Furthermore we find within this story that the storm God was talking about, wasn't going to take place for years. Meaning Noah was faced with a tough decision; do I turn down the request because my past experiences have taught me that such storms don't exist? Or do I obey God, trusting that he knows what's ahead of me? 

The point is this, God always knows what's ahead of you. He knows the size of the storms in your life as well as the length of the storms. Although he knows something else; he knows you and your capacity to deal with the storms. And in this story, I believe God looks at Noah and then looks at the storm and realizes Noah can't out swim this one. So he proceeds to provide the design and information for Noah to build the ark. God begins preparing Noah for what's ahead of him. 

The truth is I have no idea who will read this post. Not to mention I have no idea what anyone, including myself is going to face in the future. All I do know, is if you will place your confidence in God, choosing to obey despite being uncertain at times, God will always prepare you for what's ahead.