Update March 17, 2020
In Genesis 6 - the sixth chapter of the first book of the Bible which contains sixty six books and many chapters - way back in the beginning - God’s heart was deeply troubled and he decided to wipe out every living thing (Genesis 6:6).
Genesis 7:1 The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. 2 Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, 3 and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. 4 Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”
The story continues with so much rain that the whole earth was covered with water. Noah and the flood that covered the whole land and wiped out all creatures? Noah and the ark which saved a few of every kind of animal and humanity? Noah and the rainbow? Our whole human history is related to this story, whether we know the biblical account or not.
Maybe this is a morbid story, because however many people lived on the earth at that time only Noah and his family survived. What I want to notice is God in this so-long-ago-time-when-things-were-crazy. He was present through the crazy - He gave a specific plan to Noah about how to build the ark to survive through the 150 day flood (Genesis 6:14). He remembered Noah (Genesis 8:1) and dried up the water so that the people could get off the boat. The rainbow is the end of the Noah and the Flood story arc (Genesis 9:8-17) - God promises never to flood the earth again. He seems to say that He will be paying attention - when He sees the rainbow, He will remember His promise.
I am encouraged by this old often used Sunday school story today. I hope that you will be encouraged in our current circumstances.
Look for God in this current-things-are-crazy. I see him in your Facebook posts when I am encouraged. When my kids are folding clothes without grumbling. When we work as a family on a challenging project and after arguing, we succeed in finishing strong together.
Look forward to our next live-stream Sunday. We will not meet in person as a church on March 22. I am working toward having a children’s story or teaching or song for each live-stream, and I hope that you will try this version of ‘gathering together.”
I hope to have different people contribute to this children’s portion of our service. Whether that is leading a song with motions, or telling one of our Children’s Church stories or demonstrating a craft with items that people may have at home already, YOU may be able to be a part of that! That could look like you coming to church during the week and being filmed here or me coming to you to film - you wouldn’t have to be present on Sunday morning and I am not planning to do any groups of people working together at this time. Thank you for considering this new way of being the body.
Look for opportunities to point out God to each other and to your children. I hope to have a Sunday School lesson that you can do with your children soon.
I am praying for us in this time that God will accomplish His purposes. May we all find favor in the eyes of God like Noah did (Genesis 6:8)
8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.