I don't know what it is like where you live, but The rain that fell over the course of the last 24 hours officially bumped 2019 up to the second-wettest year on record in Minneapolis Mn, with 29.64” of rain, behind 1892 with 31.75”. Ok, not ARK building weather, but still the 2nd wettest year on record.
Of course back in Noah's day they didn't think they needed an Ark either. There wasn't even a Marina in town, but God grew tired of the true wickedness of man and decided to wipe out all mankind by a flood except for Noah and his family who would sail safely on an Ark.
Genesis 6:5-6 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieve
So we all know the story, the people mocked him Noah's Ark project, until that day that rang out in infamy where the floods covered the Earth killing all living creatures except Noah, his family, and a literal boat load of animals.
This is one of those stories learned in Sunday School where God saved Noah and all the animals of every kind. Cute story for kids, but a powerful story for the rest of us.
While some Christians feud over the flood being local versus universal, or where the Ark is now.. the greater message is to a wicked world that was not SAVED on-board this giant Ark sized petting zoo. Death versus Life was the choice of mankind back in Noah's day, and death versus life is our choice today.
No I don't have to RSVP any Ark invitations from God, but.. same as in Noah's day either I am with (obedient to) God or against Him. Today, either I have accepted Jesus into your heart or have not. The choice is mine, the choice is yours. And just like in Noah's day,
IT MATTERS ETERNALLY what we believe. God will not be mocked. If we do not choose God's salvation plan we will be as lost as Noah's neighbors when the great flood consumed them.
Not such a cute story now. It's a nice story if you are on the boat, but if not.. then a snorkel and flippers will not save you. But it is a beautiful story, because just like the Ark in Noah's day, God has provided salvation. This salvation is found in the name of Jesus. God does not desire for any of us to miss out, but we all have free will so the choice is ours. CHOOSE WISELY, and salvation is a reality CHOOSE POORLY and please know you not safe.
Note: Flood Insurance would not have saved you in Noah's Day, and neither will Fire Insurance save you today.
May God bless each of you with the realization of salvation through Jesus Christ. It is a beautiful gift from our loving God. For those of you outside of His plan, know John 3:16, believe John 3:16, and then.. WELCOME ABOARD.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Jeff (Soggy bottom boy in Minnesota) Larson
On April 8th, 2016 the snow was falling here in Minnesota. The green grass was quickly covered, but with the temperature slightly above freezing my lawn will be green again soon.
I live in Minnesota so this type of April weather is nothing new. It could be 70 degree and sunny, but then the winds change, and the clouds come along witha good chance of icy rains, sleet, and/or snow.
Of course it could be worse as I remember in May 2013 over one foot of snow fell on Minnesota between May 1 and May 3.
A glass half full kinda person might be thinking "let's build a snowman." That's peachy, but I belong to another group of people tired of 5 months of winter and I am waiting for a southerly breeze to carry me into May with the promise of summer soon to follow. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?
I think a paraphrase of the trademark Tony Compolo sermon is appropriate here. It's April but June's coming!
May God bless each of you this day with the hope of summer and the promise of God's love in your lives. Seek him always when you are tired of the cold and sleety circumstances in your lives and when the sun is shining and all is well. No matter your circumstance, God is the answer, and to God be the Glory!
Note: image to the right is my tribute to March, but it seems to fit nicely today.
Note 2: In honor of the Minnesota Twins home opener, let me leave you with a few images from other ball fields of past Minnesota spring sports. -Play Ball-
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson