So they’re making a movie about Noah…

And I’m so excited.

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, take two minutes and watch it below:

Russell Crowe.  Emma Watson.  The Bible… What more could you ask for?  I love the story of Noah, and I think this movie will really show us what his life might have been like (minus the British accents).  Too often, we reduce figures in the Bible to childhood Sunday school stories and forget they really happened.  We forget that Noah built the first boat ever, and people thought he legitimately needed to go to the psych ward.  We forget that water falling from the sky was unheard of and would have been an absolutely terrifying event.  We forget that Noah had to trust in the same God we pray to today—and his trust had to be a lot bigger than ours usually is.  And I think one of the most powerful things we forget is the timeline of Noah’s story.

The Bible says Noah was 500 by the time his three sons were born, and he was 600 when the flood came.  Six.  Hundred.  The most important thing Noah would ever do in his life, the thing he would be forever remembered by, his “purpose in life” you could say, didn’t come around until he had lived for 600 years.  That’s some extensive prep time!

So how can I look at my life and say, “God, what are you waiting for?!”  Noah waited 600 years for the Lord to give him a big assignment—can’t I wait a fraction of that? Experiencing God by Richard Blackaby says, “Larger assignments may require longer periods of preparation.”  Instead of growing frustrated that we don’t know our purpose, maybe we should be excited that He’s preparing us for it.

It doesn’t mean we base our importance on how long He takes to build us up, but that when He does take His sweet time, we know it’s not for nothing.  One of my favorite verses, Luke 16:10, says, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.”  It’s the day-to-day living that primes us for the important moments.  God lovingly tries and tests us for periods of time before He trusts us to take on real responsibilities.

If you feel like God is going to do something big in your life, I believe He will.  I bet Noah had that feeling and grew confused and frustrated when he had to wait around 600 years for it.  But when the rains finally fell, I think about how perfectly whole he must have felt.  Amidst the fright and worry and havoc of the busy ark, I imagine Noah flooded with peace and thankful the first raindrop hadn’t landed a minute before its time.  I bet he looked back at those 600 years and said, “So that’s what You were doing, God.  Thanks for making me wait.”

Rejoice in your times of wait, and get excited for what’s to come.

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