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Forty Days

Forty Days

“I have put my rainbow in the clouds. It will be the sign of the covenant (promise) between me and the earth.”

Genesis 9:13 NIV

Some say that when it rains it pours. And often times it’s true.

Right in the middle of a sunny summer day, picnic basket in tow, we feel one little drop on our head . . . and by the time we figure out it was indeed “rain” we are caught in a complete downpour! Before we know it, we are running fast for cover, our flip flops soggy, our toes squished deep down in one thick muddy puddle after the other.

Isn’t it a lot like life? One minute we are on dry land and the next thing we know we are watching from the ark as the last slice of the world as we know it is swallowed up by the rising seas. As we stand there wondering how this happened, our vessel floats further and further from the familiar and we realize that everything is about to change.

So we gather up all that’s left of our life . . .

And so begins our forty days.

While it can be difficult to remember what the sun looked like on day twenty, God asks us to try. He asks us to send out our dove everyday in the hope that it will return. And it will. It may not always return with signs of land up ahead but God assures us with this promise – that each time if we send it out in faith, our dove will return and be strong enough for another try.

“This too shall pass.” It’s the thought so often drowned out by the rain on the tin roof. I imagine Noah had his days of wondering if the rain was ever gonna stop. Day one through thirty-nine, he probably even had moments when he was tempted to believe he would be on this boat forever. But on day forty, the clouds scattered. The rain let up, the dove came back with an olive branch, and the rainbow fell across the sky.

And it was on the fortieth day God promised that He’d never flood the earth again. But in His promise He wasn’t just speaking to Noah. He looked out across the universe, at all the waters yet to rise and spoke to the hearts of His children floating away ever so swiftly on the ark they never saw coming. He looked right down on your life raft and smiled, “The rain can’t last forever you know. The clouds have to scatter. Your dove has to come back fruitful. Your ark has to hit land.”

And it will. If you stick it out with Him, trusting in His faithful promise, it will.

When the rain is pounding your windows, batten down the hatches. Throw out your anchor. Set sail on the journey never forgetting what the sun looks like, never letting sticky puddles stick to your courage.

Don’t give up now, friend.

If you do, you’ll never know if today was day thirty-nine.

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God Was Here

“… And he said “Here I Am.”

Genesis 46:2

 

In life, things don’t always turn out the way we want them to. We may ask for red and get blue. We may pray for A . . . and get B. We may wish for miracles at our fingertips and find ourselves twiddling our thumbs. It is in these moments of the unanswered that many of us simply give up on God.

If you are going through your own moments of the unanswered, rest assured that the tribulations of unanswered prayers aren’t a new phenomenon. They go back to the days of Abraham and they fast-forward to the age of a young Thomas Edison.

Thomas Edison was a child of difference. His teachers thought he was mentally disabled and his erratic behavior made it difficult for him to make any friends. I imagine the young Tom must have prayed so many times for friends. He probably even spent nights crying in his bed or inside himself as he watched other children laugh and play. Maybe he had times when he asked . . . “God aren’t you there?” And, perhaps the silence of his lonely childhood left him in constant speculation.

If God couldn’t discover any friends for Tom . . . like many other children, he would just invent them. In this, from a world of imaginary friends, came a newfound love of creation, for dreaming up things from thin air. Tom dreamed and dreamed and dreamed until finally he imagined up some of the things that helped shape our modern world – electricity, the phonograph and motion pictures.

While his prayer for the love of other children may have gone unseen at the time, it did not go unnoticed. As Tom aged, his inventions went on to make him a hero among children . . . millions of them to be exact. He inspired them to dream, to create, to never tear down their walls of faith and to just be content to trust that somewhere along that wall the Lord was busy scribbling “God Was Here.”

God has a funny way of being in the middle of it all right when you think He’s flown the coop. He has a way of considering our suggestions and then, dreaming up something one million times bigger.

So, when you shoot for the stars and miss – simply keep moving, keep going, keep dreaming . . . You might just find those aimless stars were pushed aside for your safe landing on the moon.

© Brooke Keith 

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