MAKE YOURSELF AN ARK
“These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation; Noah walked with God. And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. And God said to Noah, ‘I have determined to make an end of all flesh; for the earth is filled with violence through them; behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you are to make it…” (Gen 6: 9-15a)
Noah “walked with God,” while all around him were ”corrupt” and “filled with violence.” So God shows Noah how to construct an ark, a safe haven, for himself and his family, as God plans to put an end to the corrupt.
This story repeats itself also in our lives, in a sense, when we decide to “walk with God.” That is to say, God shows us how to pick up the right tools and construct an “ark” or safe haven for ourselves, while He takes care of the evil and corruption in this world, which always come to an end. Today let me get busy, and pick up the tools offered to me on this third week of Lent, which leads to the upcoming Sunday of the Cross. Let me be productive and awake to God, rather than idle or despondent, as the third week of our Lenten adventure begins. This morning I take some time to re-connect with God in a bit of quiet prayer and prayerful reading; I take some physical exercise and plan today’s food-choices, and let Christ be the “cornerstone” of my today, as I set off for work. “O Lord and Master of my life, grant me not a spirit of idleness, despondency, love of power and idle talk.” Amen!