“… And the Lord shut him in.” – Genesis 7:16

I’m not a fan of tight quarters. You won’t find me spelunking any time soon. Where I’m from in western PA, I’m told that we do have some pretty amazing caves. I remember exploring one, ONCE! It was dark… and tight… and not fun. While I was crawling through, I realized the inability to turn around and go back is what freaked me out the most. On another occasion, I had a closed MRI. If you’ve ever had one, you know what it’s like to be slid into that tube and be told to hold still while a machine rumbles around you. It was for my good. I checked out healthy; but the experience was, again… although not as bad as spelunking, not fun! Tight quarters just aren’t my thing. I like sunshine, open air, and the ability to explore and roam about as I please. The idea of a cruise for example is a big NOPE. People say don’t knock it till you try it. Well, I have. Robyn and I experienced a short cruise on our honeymoon. The boat was huge and beautiful. It had pools and dining and every type of fun imaginable. While I did have fun and certainly enjoyed the time, I would not run back to do another one. As big as the ship was, it was tiny compared to the ocean it was floating in. As stable as it was, I can still remember eating dinner as it rocked back and forth in a stormy and rough portion of the sea.

Now you may look on cruises a little different than me, but can you imagine the moment God shut Noah, his family and all the animals into the ark? The Bible is clear that it was no cruise. Not even close. It was a floating vessel of salvation that required deep trusting faith on Noah’s part. This week, we are going to see how calamity echoes our need to trust God. Take some time to read Genesis 7 and consider the faith and trust demonstrated by Noah and the incredible faithfulness of God in carrying him through.

Be sure to listen to the worship set as you prepare for worship.

Love you, Church.

Jerry Lingenfelter
Senior Pastor

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