When Noah was building the ark, he didn’t have the 4-1-1 on exactly how God was going to work everything out.
So it is with our lives, they happen, the good, the bad, the great and the awful. In the midst of the water rising around us for days – we wonder – ‘how is God going to work this all out?’
So it was with Noah…
For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. Genesis 7: 17-20
Now that is a lot of water, flood waters are devastating, crushing and destroy everything in their path.
21 Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark. 24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days. Genesis 7:21-24
Everything died, even the birds of the air. Everything….gone. Only dark water as far as the eye could see.
Sometimes life feels that way, like everything is dying around us. Troubled waters as far as the eye can see. We think, “How could God ever change this? It’s too big, too deep, and too hard.” There we sit at the bottom of a sunken mountain, in deep waters.
I am in that wet place right now, one son moving to Japan in 20 days. When this mama looks at her calendar, she feels every emotion possible all at once.
A second son, working hard to do some catch up work on college courses.
Unexpected bills, and more unexpected bills.
In the midst of it all an annoying hand surgery.
Responsibilities, at home, at church, at work.
Several days in hospital waiting rooms, worrying over the ones I love.
Yes I said it, worrying.
Did I mention unexpected bills?
The flood waters – Troubled waters are all around me. Troubled waters of uncertainty, lack, doubt, exhaustion. It doesn’t help that I live in Western Pennsylvania and in the month of June we had five sunny days, five. July hasn’t been much better.
But God… remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. 2 Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky. 3 The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, 4 and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5 The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible. Genesis 8:1-5
But God… remembered Noah. He remembered that obedient guy and his family floating in the waters with an ark full of animals. He remembered the man who followed His commands, a midst the nay-sayers. The Lord began to move on Noah’s behalf, the wind began to blow, the springs of the deep came to a halt, the rain stopped falling and the water receded. Noah and his ark full of animals came to rest on top of the mountains.
In life we have storms and floods, times where we feel completely overwhelmed by our circumstances, our life feels out of our control.
Then the wind begins to blow and I say to myself… But God…
I stop and I open up God’s words to His children, to Noah, to you, to me. I listen, really listen. I simply obey, no matter what the nay-sayers have to say. I am reassured that God will remember me, just as He remembered Noah, just as He will remember you.
I hang on, floating on the waters. Listening, obeying, waiting.
He will send refreshing wind
He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind. He makes winds his messengers
flames of fire his servants.
He will halt the waters of the deep
The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out. Proverbs 20:5
Stop the rain and the waters will recede.
My beloved spoke and said to me,
“Arise, my darling,
my beautiful one, come with me.
See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
Song of Songs 2: 10-11
He will set me atop his mountain
Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Psalm :43:3