A ship in a harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.
John A. Shedd
TERRIFIC 2'S Tuesday/ Change and growth
As we've been cruising along with Noah for almost a week now, I've found that so many of the things that Noah faced, I too have had to face in my life time.
One thing is for sure we all have some kind of stormy days in our lives. I am trying to imagine what it must have been like to be there with Noah and his family as they cruised along day after day with the uncertainty of what would lay ahead for them.
They had some days of turbulent weather and they knew that stormy weather can cause change.
Noah definitely had some raindrops falling down all around him and God was wonderful in preparing a way for Noah and his family to escape the flood. We always hear about that provision part of the story and it is a wonderful story of God's plan and protection. But can you just imagine what it must have been like after God safely carried them through the flood and for Noah's family to step off the boardwalk of that ark and look around and realize that they were the last ones standing? Talk about change! Everything they had ever known was different. Their lifestyle would be different. The land and earth itself was different. The whole make up of the entire world as they knew it was different. All their friends and all the people they had ever known aside from their family was gone.
Change can be rough.
Sometimes the rain falls on our lives and the storms come up and rage for a time and after a while the storm quiets down or comes to a standstill and we stop and look around and there is all this change. Then that change sets in. Not to say that change is always bad. Sometimes it strengthens us and improves our lives, but that isn't to say that it's always easy for us to go through. Change brings about a difference in our routines and even the little things along with the big things are not the same anymore and it can affect us.
And sometimes God sends us this rain in light spring like showers, in quick and overpowering cloudbursts or sometimes as a steady downfall. The trials are the life giving water to our seed of faith. It’s what makes it grow.
Growing pains are something we all have to experience. Even at my age I am still growing and it is often painful. Things are not what they used to be. Changes happen every day. Some of them have caused a lot of pain, but through all the sorrow and tears, thankfully there have also been those days that are like a rainbow full of promise, Bursting with JOY.
That is my 2 for this Tuesday: Change and growth.
I hope you all have a TERRIFIC Tuesday!