And the Rain Came Down
God is funny! I was giving my son a haircut and right in the middle of it, I just started laughing out loud. He didn’t know what I was laughing about. We moved into our new home exactly one week ago, which I told you about in my last writing entitled “The Ark.” We moved in on a bright sunny Saturday. And now, it has been pouring buckets! The wind has been blowing, and even the garage door bowed in a bit because of the wind and rain. We had to stuff some plastic and towels up against the bottom of the garage door. (Our form of sand bags.) It was an unusual rain for California, but we had been warned it was coming. We are so thankful to have moved a week earlier. What a mess this would have been for the movers.
All this to say, we are happy and thankful to already be living in the “Ark” as the rains come down. When we “boarded” it a week ago, all seemed well with the world. The sun was shining; the land was dry. How quickly that all changed. Even our son in Pleasanton is fighting a leak in his roof, making it not so pleasant in Pleasanton. I’m sure many people found long-lost leaks yesterday.
The Bible talks about how it was in the days of Noah. People were just going about their business. Weddings were happening. The sun was shining, and Noah continued to build the Ark for 120 years! People thought he was crazy. He prepared for rain because that is what the Lord had told him to do. He knew the dimensions, and he knew who was to be aboard. And from what the Bible says, seven days after everyone and every animal was on board, God shut them in. That was an interesting fact I had never paid attention to before. God Himself closed the door. He had to, I would think, because in all our humanness, when it started to rain, and the people came running for cover, Noah probably would have opened the door. But God had determined it was too late by then. We can take a great lesson from this, because there will come a day when another door will shut, when the children of God will enter into Heaven, and those who do not believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are left on the outside. Everyone will have been given ample warning. I heard a pastor say that the devil will try to convince us there is no hurry to say yes to Jesus. That’s SO dangerous! We never know when the “rain” will start and we will need to be safely in the “Ark”…in other words, safely in the family of God through our faith in Jesus Christ.
Searching And Noticing the Divine can come out in a laugh during a haircut, as it did for me today. I stood in our new home, that I call the “Ark,” and I saw God’s sense of humor in the rain that came down. But most especially, I saw His timing…so perfect…so precise. His warning, about the days of the coming of the Son of Man, needs to be heeded. We need to pay attention, and get moving in our relationship with Jesus. There is no time to waste!
On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his
wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark… Then the Lord shut him in.
Genesis 7:13 & 16 (NIV)