Today’s Scripture: Genesis 7:11-17
11 When Noah was 600 years old, on the seventeenth day of the second month, all the underground waters erupted from the earth, and the rain fell in mighty torrents from the sky. 12 The rain continued to fall for forty days and forty nights.
13 That very day Noah had gone into the boat with his wife and his sons—Shem, Ham, and Japheth—and their wives. 14 With them in the boat were pairs of every kind of animal—domestic and wild, large and small—along with birds of every kind. 15 Two by two they came into the boat, representing every living thing that breathes. 16 A male and female of each kind entered, just as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord closed the door behind them.
17 For forty days the floodwaters grew deeper, covering the ground and lifting the boat high above the earth. 18 As the waters rose higher and higher above the ground, the boat floated safely on the surface. 19 Finally, the water covered even the highest mountains on the earth, 20 rising more than twenty-two feet above the highest peaks.
Some people live well with chaos. Or at least they SEEM like they live with chaos. I have my doubts. But maybe that’s because I do not live well with it. I would prefer order and consistency and routine. But life rarely stays in order.
Just seven chapters into Genesis and the order of creation is replaced with the chaos of the flood. Everything that was good about creation is now turned upside down in the chaos of rising waters. Sure, Noah and company float above it – but make no mistake, this is chaos for them as well.
One year ago this week our lives were in order. We knew something was out there – but we did not know the chaos that was about to come. You might say we were preparing for a flood – but we really didn’t know how bad things were going to get. Chaos acts like that sometimes. You can see something coming – but until it starts raining you just don’t know.
We have all be in a flood this past year. It has been the opposite of order and routine. The waters have risen. The waves have pounded. The day land has become wet. But for all the chaos, I find myself stopping and thanking God for the ark.
Think of the ways God has provided you an ark in the chaos of the past year. Think of how God has protected and provided for you and your family. Think of the times you felt like the waters would rise too fast and too far only to realize that God had you in a boat. Think of the times you had no clue what to do only to discover a resilience you did not think you had.
Yes, this has been a tough year. But God has been there with you through it all. Thanks be to God.
God thank you for the ark you provided Noah during the chaos of the flood. And thank you for the arks you provide to us each and every day.