Let us, then, hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we have a great High Priest who has gone into the very presence of God – Jesus, the Son of God. Hebrews 4:14 (GNT)
I was back on the road again this weekend. This time I visited the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum in Williamstown, Kentucky. If you have the opportunity you need to visit. https://arkencounter.com/noahs-ark/
I felt like a kid as I leaned forward in my seat to see the Ark rising out of the rolling knolls of the Kentucky landscape. With every revolution of the car’s tires, the Ark grew bigger and so did my excitement. I doubt you are much different from me with respect to the many questions you have pondered when thinking about Noah’s Ark. How did Noah keep them from eating each other and what do you do with all that pooh? (yes, I went there.) There are more questions but these are my top two.
The Ark representation has been built to the specifications in Genesis. (see Genesis 6:15) It is massive, rising into the blue sky and wider than my camera can take in. As you walk down the pathway to enter this behemoth, animal-shaped topiaries are spread out and for a moment it is like you are joining them in the march. The closer you get, the real magnitude of this feat is revealed. It was more than I anticipated. I was excited to search out and study the secrets hidden within.
As much as I enjoyed the exhibits, amazing animatronics, and geek-out opportunities, my mind continued to return to thoughts of what this family must have gone through during the preparation. The Ark took Noah and his sons decades to finish and then there was the collection of animals, stores of food, and water for a vast array of beasts and themselves. However, there was more they had to face and cope with. I imagine the ridicule they suffered was relentless and cruel. Daily they worked toward a goal that was of salvation yet they knew that the world was about to change forever.
On part of the tour, there is a massive door that had been used to load rations and animals. It towered above me. As I posed for a quick snap in front of it, I thought about the day that this door closed and Noah and his family waited inside for seven days. Outside life carried on. Day after day past and the sky was as blue and clear as the day I visited. Years of preparation and work for this moment and nothing was happening. Not one drop. Then on the seventh day, rain began to fall and the earth was swallowed by water.
Faith is hard work, It is a daily struggle sometimes. We see so much going on around us. We pray and do the right thing and yet nothing happens. To say you have faith is not enough. You have to walk it out, live it and chose it. Faith like so many other things, it is a choice. A choice that you stand with and persevere through. Noah and his family chose to have faith in God. A faith as big as an Ark.
Typist for Jesus