I had such a lovely little chat at church with a shy 2 year old boy about his craft. He was clutching a cut out paper boat filled with smiley pairs of animals and some gluey, tissue paper water stuck on. I told him I had been painting that same story in my bible. It’s a classic Sunday school favourite but it can sometimes be remembered in our heads as “Noah and his many pets take a ride on a boat”. When you really think about it the actual story is far from a fairy tale – mankind is so wicked that God “regretted that he had made them“. Judgement poured down and burst out and kept coming until “every living thing that moved perished”. “Every living thing was wiped out…. Only Noah was left, and those with him on the ark”. I think sometimes I can be so familiar with God’s incredible grace and His work of Salvation that I forget how serious my sin is. I forget how much God hates it, He cannot tolerate it! I was listening to a preach from Galatians that same Sunday and the preacher was talking about being “in Christ”. I kept seeing my little ark floating on a sea of judgement and realising afresh that Jesus is my ark. Because I am in Him I am saved from the judgement I deserve. You see God knows that we are powerless to save ourselves, He knows that even our best days are not good enough and that we all fall short. We needed rescuing just like Noah.
“He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west so far does He remove our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust” Psalm 103:11-14
I love the beginning of this next chapter of Genesis. It says;
“But God remembered Noah, and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided.” Gen 8:1
Did you know that although it only rained for 40 days and 40 nights, that when you add up all of the time the bible says it took for the water to go down, they would have been stuck, crammed in that smelly, noisy boat for over a year? Over a year!!! I bet it felt to Noah some days like God had forgotten about him. I bet he felt adrift and alone and abandoned at times. But God remembered Noah. And, dear friends, God remembers you! Sometimes we can feel like we have been forgotten, we can feel like we are perhaps adrift and things are taking much longer than we had expected or hoped. We can wonder if perhaps God has forgotten us ?- but God doesn’t ever forget! We can find ourselves getting discouraged as we are waiting for that promise or answered prayer, we can loose hope when time passes and still we feel shut in. But God remembers! Isn’t that wonderful? “But God....”. Whatever our circumstances look like today, however long we have waited or however much we long for breakthrough, God remembers us! If you are going through a season of feeling shut in remind yourself He is keeping you safe, you are sheltered under His wings, you are hidden in Christ your ark. And if you are feeling forgotten then know this; God remembers you! He has not got amnesia – He knows the plans He has for you and His timing is perfect.
“And God made a wind to blow…”
Praying the wind of His Spirit blows over you this week bringing breakthrough and an open door. Thanks for reading. Much love Rach x
P.s. Katy’s blog on this page is found here; God Remembered