Blessings in a Storm
I absolutely LOVE the story of Noah (refer to Genesis). It’s probably one of my favorite biographies in the Bible. I’ve always been amazed at how one family could build such a huge creation of an ark, and live on it with wild animals for MONTHS! It gives me a warm feeling inside just thinking about it. I love the story so much that I asked my family to join me in a visit to the Ark Encounter in Kentucky, it was such an amazing time. The more and more I read about Noah, his family, the flood, and the ark-the more God revealed to me that this was more than just a story about a flood. This was a story about favor, transformation, and cleansing. Hear me out…
Do you ever wonder why we go through things? And we ask God, “Why me?” The Bible says that Noah found favor in God’s eyes. We have to realize that when God finds favor with us, it most definitely is accompanied by a storm. In these storms it may feel like we’re alone, but God said himself that He will never leave nor forsake us, so we’re NEVER alone. Favor means that you are eligible to go through a storm just like Noah did. Even those tied to him, his sons, their wives, and his wife, all found favor with God as well because they were following a leader called by God. God had to use a flood to basically cleanse the earth; He was not pleased with what his people were doing so he caused a flood to happen and wiped the earth clean outside of some animals and Noah’s family. When you enter into a storm in your life a cleansing process has to occur. God may be cleansing you of bad habits, old friends, disruptive mindset, etc. What you have to realize is that a flood changes everything and can truly transform you if you let it. God may need to change your situation by taking away things that we think we can’t live without. A job, a relationship, a friendship, comfort of a big home are all things that God may take away from you in a flood so that new and good things can be rebirthed. We want to hold onto what’s familiar, even when it’s not good for us. God doesn’t need a lot to rebuild; He can replace what once was with a single seed.
In Genesis God establishes a covenant with Noah when he entered the ark, but the covenant did not come until after the flood. A covenant is an agreement or a promise, and God’s promise was that He would never flood the earth again. God’s promise to you might be peace of mind, restoration in your marriage, an increase in your finances, whatever the case may be, all that is to come can only come with an ark. The ark is your safe haven from the flood, and an ark can only come in a flood. In the ark I would imagine that Noah and his family felt trapped at times and had no place to escape from each other or their thoughts. All we want is the covenant, but that doesn’t come alone. There would be no point to it at all without a flood. We do not learn lessons in a place of ease, or a place where we’ve given a choice of escape. God may bring the flood, but he will always give you the tools to endure the flood. Those tools might seem cumbersome, but after the flood you’ll have a greater appreciation of the ark God told you to build. He always knows when a flood is coming, and He always delivers on his promises after the flood. In your storm when you need to talk to God about your hopes as well as your difficulties, since you have no place to go in your ark then why not talk to God about everything on your mind? You will feel lonely at times, as I’m sure Noah and his family did on the ark, but know that God will be your comfort and that there’s a blessing in your storm. XOXO.