Wisdom And The Ark!
“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”
“The Devil and Miss Prym”
The lessons we learn from life sometimes come to us from an improbable source, when we least expect it. We know how very complicated is this human mind, body and spirit, that we carry around for the days we walk the earth. The smallest of challenges that come our way might just completely derail us on the journey we are undertaking. The important thing to remember is that, despite life’s best efforts to undermine us, we all have that inner “special something” that keeps propelling us forward. I call this sense of self. Others might call it our character. But whatever label you choose to affix to this gift, it is the thing that will help us to succeed in life, no matter what it is we are searching for. USUALLY! The thing is that there are times when we allow that fabric that comprises our sense of self to become eroded by others. And unless we reach deeply within to that place where our sense of self lives, insulated from most of the seemier things in life, we might just find ourselves becoming lost! And when that happens, although we can, and usually will, find our way back, the journey becomes exponentially harder. However when we are confident in ourselves, and in our capacity to succeed, then we are usually prepared to take that leap of faith that is often needed, to make the changes within that we need, to continue that journey forward and reach all of those new horizons that await us.
How much courage do you think it took Noah to listen to the things God was telling him and then to turn these words into the actions necessary to build an Ark? God’s plan was simple….He was going to cause it to rain…..to rain so much that the earth would be flooded. RAIN! This concept was especially difficult to comprehend by people since it had NEVER happened before! But Noah and his family believed and even more than that, they had the courage to hold true to their faith when every other person on earth, naysayers all, had lost theirs. And so, slowly but surely, board by board and peg by peg, day after day and month after month, and decades after decades the work at hand continued (not the 120 years some believe, by the way). I am certain the un-kindness from others in their land must have been terrible for Noah and his family to bear, and yet wielding faith as their armor against the barbs, they continued on. And, of course, we all know how this ends, the rainbow painted by God in the sky, His promise that He would never again, seek to punish humankind in this way!
There is a “Pearl of Wisdom” to be learned from everything that touches us. The thing is that all to often, we fail to recognize the things that are to be learned from the experience. The key is to firstly recognize that a lesson exists, secondly, to listen to the message it shares, and then thirdly, be able to take action and to apply the lesson to the life you live. And the same thing can be said whether the lesson we are learning is one that will nurture our faith, or nurture the life we lead. And while I believe that there is nothing greater for us than to nourish faith as it grows within, when you really think about it, both are important if we are to become a happy, healthy and productive person! And since I referred to Noah earlier, and to add a bit of levity to an otherwise somber message, I thought it might be fun to look at some “Pearls” that might just serve us well, all drawn from the leap of faith Noah and his family made, “way back when”!
A Little Wisdom From Noah’s Ark
Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark
1) Don’t miss the boat.
2) Remember that we are all in the same boat.
3) Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.
4) Stay fit. When you’re 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
5) Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
6) Build your future on high ground.
7) For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
8) Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
9) When you’re stressed, float awhile.
10) Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
11) No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.
After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.
By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.
Then God said to Noah, “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.”
Genesis 8:6-17 NIV
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