One of my favorite Bible stories is Noah’s Ark…I can’t believe Noah had the courage to just start building the ark with all of those critics. I just can’t imagine having two of every animal in a big boat for 40 days and nights…well I can kind of imagine – I do have a teenager and there are lots of kids at my house begging for food…so maybe I can. I think 40 days and nights of rain being cooped up on a stinky loud and crazy boat would be a nightmare! I wonder how it felt that no one else was there to hear their amazing story of the ride in the boat, the animals, the rain, and the rainbow.
I found this great lesson from MYBIBLE.com and LOVED it. These are some great lessons!
1. Don’t miss the boat. You know you just have to take that chance – listen to God and follow the plans he has for you. Imagine Noah building the ark – what a leap of faith! Get on the boat or build your own “boat”.
2. Remember that we are all in the same boat. We all have the same chances – we just need to take them and pray about what God wants us to do. This world has people that we may not like but we need to learn to tolerate, collaborate and cooperate!
3. Plan ahead…it wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark…My favorite saying is Plan your work, Work you plan. One of my favorite Bible verses is Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV) 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Planning is important…but follow God’s plans not just your own.
4. Stay fit! When you are really old, someone may ask you to do something really big. Be ready – When God Calls, He also Equips. When God Calls, He Enables. When God Calls, He Provides. When God Calls you, He qualifies you. When God calls us, He equips, provides, qualifies & enables us. Be ready!
5 Don’t listen to the critics, just get on with the job that needs to be done. There are people that are jealous, they try to belittle you, they try to make you feel guilty – don’t let them. Do what you know God wants and just keep on doing it. Noah listened to God and not to the critics and it saved his life!
6. Build your future on high ground. Live the life that Jesus would…he set the example and we need to follow it. A favorite quote by Charles Spurgeon…if your Bible is falling apart – your life probably isn’t..this means that someone is using their Bible as their life instruction manual. Talk to God…always.
7. For safety sake, travel in pairs. Two is better than one…you need someone to keep you on track, to encourage, to inspire…small accountability groups are great. People tend to do much better when they know someone is keeping them accountable and monitoring them.
8. Speed isn’t always an advantage. Snails were on board with the cheetahs. Slow and steady wins the race. Consistency and commitment are so important. Keep going and going and going…
9. When you are stressed…float a while. Just chill, meditate, focus – take time for yourself, time to relax and clear your head. Just pray…
10. Remember the ark was built by amateurs..the Titanic by professionals. Give everyone a chance to express their ideas, suggestions…don’t feel like you always have to be the expert. Brainstorming is a great way to get fresh new ideas and others buy in to your issues.
11. No matter the storm, when you are with God, there is always a rainbow waiting. A rainbow is a symbol of God’s promise to earth. Look for God’s signs.
My prayer is that we will listen to God and follow his instructions….I hope I don’t miss the boat…what about you?
Blessings to ya! Leigh