Last week, I was being a Jonah. Deep down, I knew what You wanted me to do, but I didn’t how to do it so I ran. Right. Into. The. Belly. Of. The. Whale. But as usual, no matter how far I run, You are there with arms extended, begging me to just come home. This week, I decided I need to remember that I have an instruction manual, so I finally opened my Bible and sat down for some quiet time with You, Lord. And You laid it on my heart. Thick.
Last year, I had this connection to Paul. This year, I’m striving for faith like Noah.
Ok, so, story time. Yesterday, this kid asked to change my background on my phone. I said: “sure, make it yellow though, that’s my favorite color, ohh and make it a verse.” Of course the response was “Duh.” I said: “I need some Jesus” like I always do. Because every hour I need thee. And this child looked dead at me and said: “You have Jesus. You just don’t use Him.” I laughed out loud and said: “you right.” I felt attacked. Like Holy Spirit sucker punched. Right out the mouth of babes. Then the verse this kid picks is Psalm 34:4 which says: I sought the Lord, and he answered me and rescued me from all my fears. I read onto verse 5 which says: Those who look to him are radiant with joy; their faces will never be ashamed. Shut upppp. I needed that. Lord have mercy.
Alright, back to Noah. And best believe I ordered me a Faith Like Noah shirt. Complete with Hebrews 11:7 which says: By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
This girl, right here, is building an ark. One step at a time. By faith. Because that is literally my middle name.
I needed last year’s learning how to trust like Paul to help me obey like Noah. Lord, the way You design things to work together for Your glory is in-explainable. Sometimes, I can’t even wrap my head around how detailed You are. I. Am. In. Awe.
So, here is my prayer. Lord, you told Noah to be fruitful, not once, but twice. Thanks for telling me twice too. Thank you for using me. Thank you for preparing me. Thank you for giving me the resources I need. Thank you for giving me instructions. Thank you for designing such a beautiful life. Thank you for teaching me to trust and obey. Thank you for teaching me to have faith, because you are oh so faithful. Thank you for keeping me walking. Thank you for chasing after me, even when I run. Thank you for outstretched arms. Thank you for allowing me to do kingdom work. Thank you for teaching me to seek the light. Thank you for teaching me to come out of the shadows and lay down my shame. Thank you for teaching me true joy. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.