There is going to be a flood, Noah.
God asked Noah to create something that no one had ever seen because He was about to do something He had never done. And, Noah? Well, he was obedient and did all that God instructed Him to do.
Doesn’t every child that ever went to Sunday School know this story? The righteous Noah, the ark and all of the animals…what a cute story.
Cute, inspiring. Yet, my eyes were drawn to these words –
And the Lord shut him in.
I imagine Noah watching the door close and not fully comprehending what was about to happen. The rain begins to beat against the boat and the waves begin to get rocky.
But, do you know what I realized this time through? Noah was on the ark a long, long time. He was in the ark for 370 days. The Lord shut him in and, then, nothing except wind and waves for over a year.
And it occurred to me that building the ark was not the difficult part. Did people understand what he was doing? No. Did folks laugh at him and call him crazy? Probably. But, that was not the hard part. After all, Noah had a clear word from the Lord and he was going with it.
You know what happened? He waited. And he waited. Then, he waited some more.
Come on, now. Someone wants to testify.
The Lord tells him to get into this boat. He shuts him in and then – silence. Can you even imagine? Of course you can – because we have all had our moments of waiting on the Lord.
As I went over those verses again and again in my mind, it came to me.
Faith is not building the ark. Faith is what happens inside the ark. Faith is not being able to see the Lord at work, but knowing that He is and that He will remember you.
Faith is waiting and that is the difficult part.