20 Feb

Do you remember the original quarantine?

The year 2020 will forever stand out as a benchmark in human history. Pandemics were thought to have been a thing of the past. Quarantines were once required of astronauts following feats of courage. In 2020, we were introduced to new terms like social distancing and COVID-19!

2020 taught us that despite all the advances in medical marvels and technological wizardry, we were human and we were vulnerable. We were not in control of our own destiny. We were subject to the powers of nature and without the grace of God, we would likely not survive as the human race.

As much as we like to focus on our own misery and suffering, it has given us a great appreciation for human contact and the joys of stepping outside without a mask.

This is not the first quarantine that the world has endured. From the early days of history, we learn of a man and his family that escaped the floods of nature by quarantining for more than a year cooped up in a boat, not only with his wife and kids but with a barn full of animals! How does a man survive without his cell phone, Netflix and Wi-Fi?

The days and nights had to have grown long and tiring. The smell alone would make one want to jump overboard. But, Noah, the captain of the ship, endured. He stayed the course and he got through it. His sea legs eventually found a hilltop and he gladly leaped for shore!

The most encouraging part of the story is the phrase, “God remembered Noah.” Oh, to be remembered by anyone is to feel the love but to be remembered by God, now that is special.

Don’t you know that Noah wondered if the supplies would last? Would the boat hold together or take on leaks?  Was it reasonable to ask any man to live with his in-laws for more than an extended holiday let alone inside a wooden box for more than a year with a bunch of wild beasts?

Life has a way of being filled with the unexpected. A lost job, a bad medical report, betrayal by a close friend, a natural disaster or the loss of the favorite family pet. Sometimes life floods us with so many overwhelming circumstances that we just want to run and hide and wait for it all to pass. A quarantine starts to sound like a great option. Have you been there?

Regardless of your circumstances, good times or bad, it helps knowing that we are not forgotten. We aren’t left to drift about in a rudderless boat waiting to be fed by seagulls.

We have a God who loves us. He cares for us and he knows what we are going through. We may not understand why he didn’t calm the storm or stop the disaster but we can know that he hasn’t left us alone.

The sun will come out, the sky will clear and we too will regain and begin again.

Regardless of what comes our way and no matter what the outcome may be, we can rest assured that when our hope is in him heaven is where it all ends. Not even Mount Ararat is as good as that!

What’s that? Is that a rainbow I see starting to peek through?

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