Isn't it amazing how you can read a passage that you have read many times before and suddenly you "see" something that you failed to see every other time that you read that passage.
That happened to me recently as I read this:
"And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation."
Genesis 7:1 KJV
Did you see that? God didn't tell Noah to "get into the ark". He told him to "come into the ark". There's a big difference! "Come into the ark" implies that God was already onboard waiting!
Noah didn't even shut the door on the ark! Genesis 7:16 KJV says:
"And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in."
Noah did not have onboard navigation. He had no way to steer the boat. It was totally up to God to protect the ark and guide it to the proper resting place. We always call it Noah's ark, but God was the Captain of the ark.
What a great reminder to me at times when I feel like I have completely lost my ability to "navigate my life", to remember Who's onboard! Who's the Captain! Who is protecting me and guiding me.
Lord, Thank you for this reminder that you are always present with me; that no matter what I am facing, you are already "onboard". When the rains come, and the waves pound upon my "ship" as the storm rages, thank you that you promise that you will never leave me or forsake me. Help me, Lord, to trust You to "steer my ship" and to set me down on "dry ground" just as You did for Noah and his family!