by Sandy Kirby Quandt
How do you think Noah and his family felt when they finally walked through the opened door that led to dry land after spending over a year together in a boat?
Last week I pondered what Noah’s wife might have thought as she floated over the waters that destroyed the world she knew. I imagine she had a lot of questions. And possibly a lot of fears. Maybe even some tears.
Perhaps her faith in Yahweh Jehovah God was tested to its limits. Maybe it wavered a little. Who knows?
When the dove returned with the olive twig, there might have been hope. When the dove didn’t return the last time, there might have been hope tinged with the fear of the unknown. What would she find when she stepped outside the safety of what had been her floating world?
The boat was Noah’s family’s world for over a year. By now, things had settled into a routine. There was hope it would all end well. Someday. They just didn’t know when, or how.
Then when God opened the door and said, “Come on out!” I imagine there was a mix of emotions, don’t you?
Their world was no longer the same. Their home was gone. Their friends were gone. Everything familiar was gone. The earth no longer smelled or sounded the same. It had changed. And so had they.
Their faith was tested like never before.
I imagine there was excitement and gratefulness mixed with uncertainty. Gratefulness for God’s sovereign protection, and his faithfulness to his promise to protect them. Uncertainty of what to do next.
Our world may get rocked. Familiar things may be torn from us. The place we find ourselves may not be what we imagined, but if we wait upon the Lord, just like he did with Noah and his family, God will lead us through the opened the door and say, “Come on out!”.
When we think about the seasons in our life when our faith was tested, what could we say about the impact those times had on us? Did they draw us closer to God, or push us further away? Were there moments of hope mixed with uncertainty as we waited for God to show us through his opened door?
How would you describe those times in your life?
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And Jehovah was pleased with the sacrifice and said to himself, “I will never do it again—I will never again curse the earth, destroying all living things, even though man’s bent is always toward evil from his earliest youth, and even though he does such wicked things. As long as the earth remains, there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.” Genesis 8:21-22 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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