And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.  Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch.  This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits.  Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks.  For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die.  But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.  And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. (ESV)
I shared a quick call this morning with a friend and as we discussed today’s possible topics I stared out the doors of our shop at the rains pouring down. Between the rain pounding the pavement and his words of topic choice, we had it…
YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE IN THE WAY OF YOU!
Watching the rain and recently wading in the ocean, with waves dragging my legs into the sand and sea, it came alive when I thought of Noah hearing from God about the flood. Noah receives this message of ultimate doom for the world with the exception of his family? Then, clear instructions of how he is to single-handedly save the population of species/animals that exist thus far both male and female? Finally, the apparent “resurrection” of mankind through his kin alone to re-populate the world?
WOW… as if a few days of rain coming wasn’t enough to think about right? Yet, here this man chose to get out of his own way and TRUST in God’s plan and Words. He was mocked, shamed, ridiculed I am sure as he construction this massive ship to be worthy of the ultimate storm. I do not recall seeing words of discouragement or doubt from Noah back to the Lord. I did not see where he complained and whined. ONLY TRUST, only OBEDIENCE, only BELIEF in the absolute impossible?
What is it for us today? Can you remove your pride, your ego, your fears? Can you get out of your own way and allow the AMAZING to happen. It is an incredible thing to let life get interrupted by the GREAT I AM.