JusJoJan 15 January 2022
This post is also part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday. The prompt for today is “a rainy day.”
A rainy day means different things to different people. To a farmer in a drought, it means relief and answered prayer. To the picnic organiser, it means a disruption of plans and a lot of admin work to communicate and reschedule. To a small child, it means a wonderful opportunity to put on a raincoat and rainboots and play in puddles. To me it means, yay, my garden is going to be happy and OH NO, now we can’t hang up the washing.
To Noah, rain meant nothing at all. Up ’till the flood, God had watered the earth from below. Now Noah was told, by God, to build an ark because there was going to be so much rain, all the people except Noah’s family and the animals would die. Noah didn’t understand at all. And yet, he obeyed. Down to the smallest detail. It took him 120 years to build the ark and he kept going. Just on God’s word which maybe only came to him at the beginning.
God delighted in Noah because Noah loved Him, he trusted Him, He obeyed HIm exactly, and he used the skills and resources God had given him.
Quite often we don’t understand. God asks us to do something that goes against our understanding and logic. We might start in a burst of faith but as the promise lingers and lingers we get despondent and give up.
May I be more like Noah, trusting God no matter what happens around me, no matter how others may sneer and try to discourage me.
Lord Jesus, I would like to trust in You with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding because Your ways are so much higher than my ways and Your thoughts than my thoughts. Amen.