— By Barrett Vanlandingham
About 11 p.m. Wednesday night as I sat in my chair watching the Olympics, I heard thunder. And then… almost immediately… to my amazement… raindrops… lots of them… spattering and then pouring onto my roof!
I had to go outside to make sure my ears were not deceiving me! Sure enough, there it was… wet as it could be. Real, live, rain!
People on Facebook were talking about it, too. One quoted, “It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring, he went to bed and bumped his head, and he couldn't get up in the morning!”
I had told someone earlier that day I’d almost forgotten what it was like to experience rain!
So, when the drops began to fall late Wednesday, I couldn’t help but wonder what Noah must have felt when the clouds opened up and began to produce rain (possibly for the first time ever, according to scripture).
In an instant, everyone viewed Noah’s efforts to build an ark much differently than they had for the previous 100 years.
I think Noah must have had mixed reactions of deep sadness and redemption. After all, he had been preaching the righteousness of God for generation after generation and practically nobody believed him.
But when the eight entered the ark with the animals and God closed the door, the minds of many would soon change.
They would not only know about the truths Noah preached, but as the waters rose inch by inch, and the people found their lives to be in grave danger, they most certainly were very sorry they had not obeyed God’s message that had been delivered day after day by Noah.
But it would be too late for those people to be saved. Noah’s neighbors and in fact an entire wicked world would be destroyed by floodwaters.
Our little rain was nothing like Noah’s experience of 40 days and nights. That magnitude of flooding will never happen again.
God even gave us the rainbow to remind us of that fact. It is also a colorful reminder that God always keeps His promises. We as Christians have also made a promise to God that we will live for Him as we await our promised home in heaven.
In this life, we will all no doubt experience days of spiritual drought when we forget that true relief only comes from the living water of Jesus Christ who reigns forever, and has promised to save those who obey His word.
Please pray that our church family will drink often and deeply the Well that never runs dry. Have a blessed day!
Reach Barrett Vanlandingham at the Fort Gibson Church of Christ at (918) 478-2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.