It seems so weird to be starting right back in Genesis when I just finished Revelation a few days ago. I spent all of 2015 on a journey with my Chronological Bible and read every page. SUCH a good experience and I recommend everyone do it at least once in their lifetime.
So much to take in, learn from and apply. I can never learn or absorb enough about the love of my Savior. This Book is filled with so much love, pain, suffering, life, war, victory, defeat, encouragement… Ultimately, this ridiculous cycle of sin and then loads of redemption. And then sin. And then redemption. And then sin. And then… (Spoiler alert: It has a happy ending.)
Well, I finished the whole Book a few days early, so I’ve begun round two a little early as well. It’s a habit I’ve decided I don’t want to break. Today is the first day of the new year and I spent a few minutes this morning reading about Noah and his time on the Ark. In Genesis 8:6, after many months in this boat filled with the sounds and smells of so many animals, and sharing the same closed quarters with the same 7 human faces, and hearing the constant sound of the rain and the waves and the wind outside… Noah opens the window.
I live in Oregon. This beautifully forested state is known for it’s rain. It rains about 9 months out of the year. Eventually Spring knocks at the door and the rain takes little breaks. The blanket of gray in the sky gets a hole in it and the sun pokes it’s way through and there is this new color that emerges. I think it’s called Blue? The sky, if I remember right, is actually blue. And then you know. It’s time to open the windows and SMELL. THE. AIR. It is so refreshingly crisp and clean. It wakes up all 5 of my senses. It doesn’t change the environment in my house one bit. But this open window? It sure changes my outlook and revives my spirit. It is like breathing new life. It brings anticipation, and reminds me a new season is right around the corner.
Sometimes we are so close to our routines, situations, habits. It’s nice to remember that, while God may have us in a holding pattern that He’s designed for us, it’s not permanent. There may be some painful loss. We may lose some things we love. Maybe even people. But our loving Father also gives us life abundantly, and equips us for tasks bigger than we are. And never without a blessing for those who are obedient to the Voice. But God gives us a chance to open a window, inhale deeply and get a glimpse of the good stuff he’s about to pour into us. A boost, if you will, to recharge the spirit long enough to see the task through.
I wonder what went through Noah’s mind and heart as he opened that window and inhaled fresh air for the first time in a long time. The old had passed and the new was so close.