Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Today, in Mercy, and for the next few days we have the story of Noah. It’s both a terrifying and delightful story.
It is frightening to think of the earth inundated by flood, all Creation wiped out because of the Creator’s disappointment!
But it is delightful to think of these thousands of animal couples, holding hands, paws, fins or tentacles and skipping into Noah’s big boat.
In this passage, the writer imbues God with the same emotions and responses we have when our project fails mightily. We crumple it up, press delete, throw it in the garbage disposal, or smash it on the ground. In Genesis, God decides to “erase by flood”.
Despite the woeful drama, the story is filled with hope. God has not completely given up. He just wants to start over again.
Throughout the voluminous rest of scripture, God starts over with us innumerable times. Think of the Prodigal Son, the Adulterous Woman, Joseph and his Brothers. Forgiveness and new beginnings are the story of our relationship with a God Who loves us too much to let us fail.
So, if your faith life is a little stormy just now, take refuge in the “ark of your heart” – your trust, hope and faith in God. Pray for fairer weather and believe that God will send it. Ask for the eyes to recognize it when it comes.
Music: Eye of the Storm ~ Ryan Stevenson (a little bit country, but the message works)