A male and female of each kind entered, just as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord closed the door behind them.
Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) begins after Noah builds a boat and as the flood, meant to destroy every living thing, covers the earth.
In meditating over today’s passage several thoughts come to mind. First, Noah obeys God. Genesis 6:22 affirms this by saying, “…Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.” Just imagine for a moment the enormity and magnitude of his task – constructing from scratch a wooden multi-deck boat 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. With no modern machinery to help nor a convenience store to buy building supplies such as lumber and tar from. Most people (very likely me too) might consider it an outrageous request and an insurmountable undertaking. Perhaps maybe also so overwhelmed even they might not dare attempt it. Second, Noah focuses on the things within his control (such as building the boat) and thus leaving his worries behind and details to God. And as so with Noah, we too can and should do likewise. Where we focus on the controllable. For example, things such as our attitude, being grateful, showing appreciation, continuing to be thankfulness, a willingness and an eagerness to forgive, never forgetting nor ceasing to love one another, persisting in kindness and an enthusiasm to care for those less fortunate and/or who are unable to care for themselves.
Hence, my take away today is reflecting often and as necessary on how Noah handled things and to apply lessons learned from it to whatever circumstance I find myself in or situation I might encounter. Specifically, on how he focused on the things he could control and furthermore how he also had the insight and wisdom to trust God to handle the details and to take care of the rest.