The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. Genesis 7:18 ESV
Stress can be overwhelming, especially in craziness we all currently experience. No one has any idea what school will look like or how it will work. Marriages are cracking under the strain of everything. People are taking their own lives. The presidential election is bringing out the worst in so many of us. How can we keep from drowning in the midst of this stress?
In Noah’s day, most drowned. The rains and flood came, and the waters increased greatly on the earth. Everything on dry land having the breath of life died. Tragically, it feels we are experiencing the same thing today. People are taking their lives, or dying of COVID-19, or dying due to COVID-19 restrictions and policies. The stress of life is literally killing many people, and emotionally killing many more. As you wrestle with the weight of this reality, consider the verse above. The same water that prevailed on the earth, drowning so many, was the same water that lifted the ark to safety. A scant eight members of humanity entered the ark, and water that destroyed the earth delivered them from danger. Could it be that when we hide ourselves in the ark of Christ’s love, the swirling storms of stress around us actually lift us into safety and serenity?
My prayer for myself this morning was that I would float on the stress in my life through the good news of Jesus. I would look to Jesus: His forgiveness, His life, His power in me. In doing that, the drowning stress around me, would lift me to greater life in Jesus. Are the stressful waters drowning you or lifting you to Jesus?