My eyes opened up to the sound of a little bird chirping outside of my bedroom window. My initial thoughts surfaced around the idea that spring looms around the corner. But as I lay in bed for a few moments contemplating the thought, my mind wandered to the story of Noah and the ark. Why? Because the Lord works in mysterious ways….
So how does the chirping bird relate to Noah and the ark? Remember Noah built the ark to save himself, his family and animals from the flood sent by God. When the flood subsided, Noah opened the window of the ark and sent a dove to see if the water abated, but the dove returned. He waited another seven days and again sent the dove. The dove returned with a freshly picked olive leaf in its beak signifying land. Yet, Noah waited for another seven days and sent the dove out again. This time, the dove never returned. God spoke to Noah telling him to go out of the ark… in other words, it’s time.
The ark separated the past from the future. Noah’s ability to enter into his future, a new season, meant obeying God and stepping out of the ark. It meant leaving his past behind. Noah built an altar to the LORD and the LORD smelled the soothing aroma (Genesis 8:20). God blessed him and his family and provided all of their needs.
See, the chirping bird signifies a new season, and the ark illustrates Christ’s death and resurrection. His grace preserved us from the flood of divine judgement. So since He paid the price for our sins, we no longer need to keep drowning in the flood or staying in the ark of our past. New land awaits us…it’s time to get out of the ark.
It’s time to put away the old and bring in the new. Time to remove the stale and infuse something fresh. Time to clean out the garbage in our lives and fill it with His truth. Time to spring forward and enjoy the “light” more. Time to reflect on the greatest tragedy that ever took place, which displayed the greatest act of love—the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s time.
It’s time to leave our pasts behind and move into our future. I don’t know about you, but I choose to obey God and step out of the ark. I want my life to resemble a sweet soothing aroma to the LORD and expect His blessings on my family and the provisions of all our needs. Why? Simply…