I’m taking my red pen to the Bible. As I read through the Bible again, I’m circling every occurrence of two words that never fail to make me pay closer attention to the text: “But God.” When I see those, I sit up and take notice. When God is on the scene, you never know what’s going to happen next!
I came across one of my favorite references last night in Genesis 8:1. The verse begins with “But God remembered . . . .”
Have you read that passage lately? Noah and his family were on the ark. The whole earth was flooded, and by the time 150 days had passed, they probably felt trapped there with all the animals. I wonder if they felt like God had forgotten them. Did they despair of ever being free of the noise and the smells?
They were human. I can imagine they might have felt a little desperate and depressed at times. But they weren’t forgotten.
“But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.” Genesis 8:1 (NIV1984)
God remembered Noah, his family, and all of the animals on the ark. Just when they thought God must have forgotten them, He acted, and the waters began to recede. It didn’t mean a hasty exit off the ark, but it was a start—the start of a new life for everyone aboard.
Was 2011 a disaster for you or those you love? Were you hoping for something better for 2012 but haven’t seen any difference yet?
Take heart. Take courage, my friend. God remembers, and He will change things for you. He’s on the scene, and He will act on your behalf. The situation may not be remedied all at once. Be prepared for small changes, and be on guard. Rather than changing the situation, He just might change you.
Please leave the verses God is using to change your life by leaving a comment here or at Mom’s Mustard Seeds. Or, if you’re struggling with what seems to be an impossible situation, please leave a comment or e-mail Rebecca or me. We will join you in prayer until we see Him move on your behalf!