The drop hit him on the nose first. He looked up, squinted into the sky.
The air smelled like rain.
Another drop, then another.
Soon the sound of pattering rain filled his ears as the air around him danced with drops.
What was his instinct?
Was it to run? Was it to panic, to grab his loved ones close and drag them back into the ark?
Before Noah had built the ark according to God’s instructions, the earth had not seen rain and storms that were strong enough to flood the earth. The Bible tells us that “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.” (Hebrews 11:7)
Even though they’d been warned, their human minds could not comprehend what a flood would be like.
I don’t know if our human minds can comprehend a rain that floods the whole entire earth.
Noah listened to God and was spared. He built an ark and his family was safe in the flood.
After forty days and forty nights, the rains ceased and the ark eventually landed on dry ground. God promised Noah that He would never destroy the earth with a flood again (Genesis 9:11).
God promised. He is sovereign. He is holy. If He said that He wouldn’t destroy the earth with a flood again, then the ark was no longer needed, right? The animals could be released, homes could be rebuilt, and a new life could start.
But I have to imagine…had it been me, what would I have done the next time I saw rain? What would I have done the next time I heard the distant roll of thunder? How would I have reacted when I saw the sky flash with lightning?
I’m pretty sure I would’ve hiked up my robes and taken off towards the ark, leaving muddy footprints in my wake.
God’s promises hold true. He has promised to take care of us. In Deuteronomy, we are told to “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
I’ve heard those words my entire life, but have I really taken them to heart? He is with me. He is for me. He will never forsake me.
I say I believe, but I struggle with carrying blueprints to my own personal ark around in my back pocket.
What will I do if _________________ happens? What plan will I have? How will I take care of _________________?
Anxiety has long-since been my shadow, the one I can’t get rid of. It’s a greedy being, following me around, lurking in the shadows, always taking but never giving a solution.
I can watch the news and the anxiety reaches out and steals my joy, holding it high above my head where I can’t seem to reach. I can go through a School Crisis Training, and anxiety sidles up and envelopes me until I feel like I can’t breathe.
I’m sprinting back towards the ark.
I’m ready to hide, even though He promised that the floods wouldn’t overtake me. Even though He promised to take care of me. Even though He promised to be with me.
I think the problem with my heart is that I know storms will come in my life, and I’m not trusting Him with His promise.
God’s promise was not to keep me dry in the storms. He didn’t promise that no bad thing would ever happen to me.
His promise was that He was going to take care of me. He promised to be with me, to never leave me. His promise was that I will not be destroyed by disaster.
Storms will happen. Disasters will happen. But He has promised to take care of His children and uphold us, that we won’t be destroyed. Even in death! “…that all who believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
There’s no need to run back to ark to be saved, because He said so. Jesus is my rock, my salvation, my calm.
Jesus is my ark.
And that’s all I need.
Every word truth! Still learning to submit every fear, every concern and even my right expectations and my holy desires to the Lord and lay them on the altar as a sacrifice…remembering that Jesus IS my ark! Thanks for the beautiful challenging picture you’ve painted!
This is beautifully said Paige. Anxiety steals our joy and robs us of peace. I like your analogy of the ark. I have a few people I’ll share this with. ~ Abby