Noah & The Flood – Gen. 9:13-15 “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth... Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.”
When God told Noah to build the Ark for a future flood it must have seemed like an insurmountable task. Where would he start?! Where and how would he gather all that was needed for construction? Could he absorb the ridicule of his peers as the project got underway? Was there going to be any hope for the future of the earth after the flood?
The Advent season might appear that way to some people. The busyness of the days increases as we search for that perfect gift, find all the right ingredients to a friend’s recipe that seemed like a great idea last year, try to meet deadlines, try to muster up enthusiasm for the most beautiful Christmas tree, and navigate frustrating expectations of family, friends, and the community. At times, it seems like the floodwaters are rising as the days draw near to Christmas. But in the end, we would do it all over again next year for our promised Messiah is born! It’s a time to reflect and celebrate the birth of Jesus our Savior, our Hope, our Friend.
As for Noah, God not only supplied him with all that he needed to follow through on God’s request, but after it was all said and done, God said: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth that this will never happen again.
Are we able to see the rainbow of promise and hope for the future as we await the coming Messiah?
*stay tuned for tomorrow’s advent reflection*
(advent reflections have been prepared by a variety of writers from Peace Church)