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Day Four

For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was
wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark. Genesis 7:17-24

Did you know that literally hundreds of different cultures from around the world have a story about an ancient flood that covered part or all of the world? There are at least 270 different ‘flood’ stories that are told throughout the world. Even other religions mention Noah’s Ark.

Also, there are hundreds of people that say they’ve actually seen Noah’s Ark stuck in a glacier in the mountains of Turkey. And I’m one of them. That’s right, I’ve seen Noah’s Ark. But it wasn’t in Turkey, it was in Kentucky. How it got there I don’t know, but it did.

Glen and Jo Ann live in Orange County, California in a low-lying area. It flooded one year and the local newspaper sent a reporter in a boat out to Glen and Jo Ann’s neighborhood. The reporter found Jo Ann, sitting on their roof watching large objects floating by, so he climbed up on the roof to interview her. As the reporter questioned Jo Ann, he saw a barbecue float by, and then he saw a large golden
retriever pass by on top of his doghouse, and finally, a sports utility vehicle! A few minutes later, he saw a hat float by; but after it floated about 20 feet past the house, it started floating back upstream. When it got about 20 feet on the other side of the house, it started floating back down again. The reporter watched the hat go by 7 or 8 times, and finally, he asked Jo Ann, “Do you have any idea how that hat is floating up and downstream?” “Oh, yeah, don’t worry about it. That’s just my crazy husband, Glen. He said he was going to mow the lawn today………come hell or
high water!”

The problem with many of us is we’re focusing on the lawn in the midst of a flood while our home is floating away! Live your life by priorities that matter for eternity.

Could you imagine if Noah would have waited until the last minute to get onto the Ark? No doubt, some animals wouldn’t have made it. Maybe not enough supplies would have gotten onto the Ark. It would have been a frantic dash to get on board when the rain started. But as usual, Noah was at the right place at the right time. Because of that, he could fully receive the blessings of God. He could fully enjoy the path that the Lord had for Him. He could experience God’s perfect will for his life. Noah needed to be at the right place at the right time because we all know that when it rains it pours.

Pray for our friends and family in East Tennessee affected by recent floods. Pray for our neighbors in Kentucky who have been devastated by the flood waters in recent days.