In Genesis 9, the story of ” Noah and the Ark” is found. Most people know the story pretty well. God had planned on destroying the entire earth; basically He was fed up with their rebelliousness, and was pretty sure that there wasn’t a soul left on the earth that still could be called, ” blameless in sight.”
I know that a lot of people look at this story and look at God as this mean God who just decided to destroy the earth because of the sin, but it was not out of anger.
He wanted to do it out of his own pain, He actually grieved at all He created.
I kind of remember the part in the movie, ” Bruce Almighty” and their is chaos everywhere and Bruce looks at a sign that a homeless man is holding, ” Kingdom come” or something like that, and that man was really God in disguise waiting to see if someone would just ” get it”. If someone could really stand in his shoes for a day.
We can also see the same concept in Nichole Nordeman lyrics to the song ” Why”
And it said, “Father, why are they screaming?
Why are the faces of some of them beaming?
Why are they casting their lots for My robe?
This crown of thorns hurts Me more than it shows
Father, please can’t You do something?
I know that You must hear My cry
I thought I could handle the cross of this size
Father, remind Me why
Why does everyone want Me to die?
When will I understand why?”
“My precious Son, I hear them screaming
I’m watching the face of the enemy beaming
But soon I will clothe You in robes of My own
Jesus, this hurts Me much more than You know
But this dark hour I must do nothing
Though I’ve heard Your unbearable cry
The power in Your blood destroys all of the lies
Soon You’ll see past their unmerciful eyes
Look there below, see the child
Trembling by her father’s side
Now I can tell You why
She is why You must die”
I mean I think sometimes we perhaps forget that God was just as grieved in having to destroy the earth as he was when His son Jesus died on the cross.
I get tired of hearing that God was meaner in the Old Testament, He is the same God then as the New Testament, I think the only difference was the people actually started to listen.
I mean thinking about it, could we begin to imagine how frustrating it was for Him to get his children to acknowledge His existance and obey?
Noah did obey God, scripture says, ” He walked with God” and I am pretty sure that means that He knew God was God and he was not, but that it was right to fear God.
I kind of wonder how God looked at Noah, I wonder what it was like for him to have looked over everyone in the world, and just hurt more and more, and then see Noah down below. Taking care of his land, and his family. Teaching his family about God. It almost brings me to tears to think of what it was like for God to finally know someone was still listening.
Another level we might see is that even though the ” church” hadn’t started yet back then, maybe God also knew Noah as someone who believed in Him, while the rest of the world turned to idols.
I am writing about this story today, because the picture I have above is what I saw today in the sky. I was just looking at the clouds and it was as if God just wanted to dab some ” rainbow” on a cloud enough to be seen for a moment or so.
I am working on somethings obviously in my heart right now, and I really needed that reminder that God still saw where I was and what I was going through. I wonder if you may have felt the same way at times, or maybe even right now.
I don’t take any rainbow for granted, it is a miracle that they are created in the sky. I always thank God when I see one, because they don’t always appear at times you expect them to, its all by God’s timing.
I also placed, ‘ I have a colorful inheritance” inside, because seeing that rainbow today reminded me that I have led a life full of color, and though they haven’t always been my favorite colors, still they were a color God would recognize happening in my life.
I was reading a friends blog yesterday, and she talked about a lot of tough things that have happened in her past, and at first I was like, ” Wow, this is a lot, and in someways I can relate to this.” and from there I started thinking back to my past of things and ultimately became a little depressed.
The rainbow today though taught me a lesson.
For everything we go through in life, I think if we see if as having a color to it, I mean perhaps it will be easier to organize in our minds, and perhaps we start to heal because we may not understand the situation, but we understand what the color is we are looking at. We know the color that we have given the situation.
I mean colors are beautiful in a rainbow, and I think what I am trying to say is, because of God the worst of our situations can sparkle where God can use it in our lives for good.
We just have allowed our problems to become bigger than the life that is there for us.
Somethingelse that I will add here is that I was watching ” The Inheritance” today, and I would have added something to Beth’s message that God brought to my own heart as far as possession goes.
I think having too much possession on our past hinders us. I think we keep it too close daily, and I think we live with it at our side, because its what we are used to. We don’t have to keep our past with us, and we don’t have to move to another state to do that either.
We have to realize we are people that are free from our past, and we must let it go into the wind.