Get on the Ark

Matthew 24:37-44:

Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”


My Daughter and I recently had the chance to visit “The Ark Encounter” and “The Creation Museum” in Kentucky – both are located in Northern Kentucky just South of Cincinnati, Ohio and just North of Lexington, Kentucky off-of U.S. Interstate 75.  For years, my Family and I would drive past the signs for them during our regular drives from Atlanta, Georgia (where we live) to Michigan (where we used to live, my Wife was born, and most of my Wife’s Family still lives).  A couple of Summers ago, we were being tourists in Traverse City, MI when a very nice couple and I got to talking.  They had just been to “The Ark” and sang its praises saying that I just had to take my Family there.  So, the seed was planted, but it still took me another two plus years to actually go – even though I drove past it 4 or 5 more times during that span.  Well, I’m here to say that everyone (Believers and non-believers) needs to go and see it.  It is awesome and we had a great time – and equally so at “The Creation Museum” (we spent a full day, as well – right up until closing time at both).  You see, the seed was planted, but I didn’t choose to “water” it for a while.  Jesus has already planted seeds in each and every person around the world – even in the back jungles of the Amazon Rainforest and in the primitive islands of Southeast Asia.  If we really open our eyes, we cannot deny God – He is everywhere and in everyone and everything.  And, regardless of our petty and sometimes serious differences, we are all Brothers and Sisters in Him.  All of us have DNA that goes back to Noah and his Wife – and, for that matter, to Adam and Eve.  Just like me taking my Family to “The Ark”, folks can refuse to “water” the seeds of Faith that have been planted and continue to be planted in their lives by Jesus – He doesn’t require us to “water” them…He simply asks us to us to do so in the small whispers that we hear from Him throughout our days and lives.  But, once we “water” those seeds, He does something even better – He Waters our seeds with the Sweet Holy Spirit; giving us a Spiritual Baptism into His Eternal Family.  Jesus reminds us in the Gospel that folks weren’t “watering” their seeds when Noah and his Family had finally finished his ark and then God Watered the earth to restart His Human Creation through Noah.  So, let’s “water” those seeds of Faith before the floods come in our lives.  If we’re still doubting about God or Jesus (or feel a little “lukewarm” in our Faith), let’s do something that might seem trivial, but, to Him, has Eternal Meaning (like going to “The Ark” or working in a soup kitchen to serve others or going back to Church or, if you’re already going to Church, going each week).  We all want to be in the New Ark of the Covenant – and Jesus wants all of His Creation in Eternity with Him.  He is asking all of us to come.

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