Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Captain of My Ship

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!

11 comments:

petrii said...

Emilie,
What a great reminder!!! God bids us to come ~~ I love that!! He is in control and He loves us. Thank you for this great reminder from Noah's life.

Have a Blessed week dear one, Dawn

Jenna said...

I love this! Knowing who is driving the boat sure makes the ride a lot easier - no matter the storms. Thanks so much for sharing this!

Kristin @ Blue Skies said...

I love that! I've never noticed that before. What a great reminder that He is always in control.

Melissa said...

Oh my word! Do I need to hear this!!??? I was praying today that the Lord would just be ALL that we need to make it through what we are facing with our girl! Thank you!

Faith said...

Oh, that's cool! I've never noticed it before. I'm so thankful that He is on board and directing my path.

I love you so much!

Lianna Knight said...

Great post!! I never really noticed the part about "come" into the ark. It truly is amazing how He protects us and looks out for us at all times.

You are such a blessing Mimi...thanks for the great post!

Hollie said...

I never thought about God already being on the Ark. That's neat to think about.
Great reminder that HE is always in control.

ThreeGirlyGirls said...

Loved this too. Sweet reminder that He's in charge of this game, not us! =)

judy said...

How many times in His Word does He tell us to 'come' or to 'fear not.' Yet we try to take charge or be afraid.

I pray I will listen to Him! He is our best guide! We can rest in HIM!

Great post. Thank you.

Rebecca Taylor said...

I love this!

By the way, I left a little something for you on my blog! :)

Heather said...

Isn't it great how God shows us new truths and new things about His word every single time. Amazing!