Noah spent more than a hundred years building the ark, and upon the Lord’s instruction he and his own entered the vessel. Having then been sealed in by the hand of the Lord, he waited for the flood-of-floods. The ark was to be his place of safety and refuge during the flood. But, until it rained however, and the waters rose Noah was confined to a wooden house. It was the flood that mobilised Noah, and turned a wooden box into a boat.
Genesis 7:17-18 reads: “And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters”. It was the water that lifted the ark, and it was the same water that moved it about. How often does the Lord not mobilise us with a flood. It is often the discomfort and challenges of life, that lifts us above our present circumstance and moves us to where we need to be.
I imagine that Noah was moved about a great deal as he drifted upon the waters. I further believe that he did not once fear, because in the midst of all the movement, and shifting, Noah found comfort and rest in the ark. It must be so to for us, the sons of God. As we are mobilised by the hand of God, and we face our own trials and challenges, we must always be rooted in Jesus. He is the true and eternal Ark of Refuge for us who believe – our comfort and safety.
Let us not fear the flood, but embrace it, for it may be the very thing that propels us into our destiny. Let us further embrace transition knowing that like Noah, in the midst of movement and transition, we are rooted in the ARK.