Wednesday, September 14, 2011

How Will I Close the Door?

I was reading Genesis 7 today, and verse 16 really jumped out at me...

"A male and female of each kind entered (the ark), just as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord closed the door behind them."

When I read vs 16 I started to wonder something about Noah. As he built this giant boat that God had given him instructions for, did he worry about how he would close the door? 

I mean, let's be  honest...A huge boat with an open door would do him no good, when the flood waters started to rise.

Now maybe I'm way off base, and completely wrong. Maybe Noah had a door closing solution all along. Whether he did, or didn't, I don't know. But what I do know is that the door had to be pretty darn big! After all the ark was over 4 football fields in length, and almost 50 feet high.

Biblically there's no mention of Noah worrying about the door. Noah's even listed in the Hall of Faith found in Hebrews 11. Here's what verse 7 says:

"It was by faith that Noah build a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before..."

So Noah had the faith to follow and trust God, even though he had no point of reference for the things that God was telling him were going to happen. Upon further consideration, I've decided that...

He probably wasn't worried about the door.

But after reading his story today, I started to reflect on my situation. 

God has called me to go to Spain. But right now I'm still in the U.S., waiting to get my Spanish visa. The process has been just a tad FRUSTRATING! When I think about it, It's almost like my visa is Noah's door. 

When God gave Noah his instructions, Noah got to work. He didn't let the fact that he didn't know all the details stop him. He may not have know how he was going to close the door. But he kept working. Building and gathering exactly as God had told him. 

I think Noah trusted that if he obeyed, God would work out all the details.

I think sometimes I worry so much about potential problems that could be coming my way, that I lose sight of the things that God has told me. 

I know that I will make it to Spain. I also know that I can't control when or even if the Spanish government will grant me a visa.

 But what I can do is trust God with the details. And the doors...


Anonymous said...

I loved it how you relate things and I do respect your faith too. As I am losing mine, I wish you shine through.


Poppy said...


Thanks so much for reading my ramblings! Don't give up the search for God. I'll admit that on my journey there have been times that I've had great doubt, and felt like giving up would be so much easier! Seeking after God can be hard! But whatI've found is that God is big enough for all of our doubts and questions.

"Faith which does not doubt is dead faith." —Miguel de Unamuno

Steve said...

Or....more likely....the whole thing is just an ancient myth which never really happened.

Poppy said...

Hey Steve...I'm going to have to disagree with you on that! Can I say that without starting an all out comment war?! :)