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in the dust


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in the dust


PART ONE:

May 10 2016

 

It has been awhile since I wrote, and this post is just going to be keeping it real... Give a quick listen to the song  below.

 

 

Have you ever been near a construction zone, and there is just demolished fragments all around you? Usually when something is being demolished, it is being rebuilt again... Something beautiful is being made, but the process getting there is labor, sweat, and tears. In the mean time, what happens with all that dust? It's almost as if the rubbish wasn't enough, so the dust just flies around and makes a even bigger mess; Getting into our hair, on our clothes, in our eyes. The dust becomes apart of us.

For the past month, I have been overwhelmed with school, and stressed with other personal areas. And because of that stress, I felt like everything else was crumbling. By everything else, I mostly mean my attitude, and my emotions. Running on empty (and too much coffee), is probably not enough- to keep giving. When the storms of life blew, it felt like my comfort-zone receded, until it was pretty much demolished. Better yet, imagine being in a storm, with no covering. Imagine being in a construction zone with no protection; No goggles, no gloves, no hard hat. It can be scary, but it doesn't have to be.

Usually in the beginning of any trial of life, we take a look at it and conclude it with false judgement. We either say "I can handle this." or "I am in way over my head." Either way, God has a bigger plan and purpose. We don't always understand, and most of the times, we don't need to understand. We just need to trust God and know deep and well within our hearts that HE IS faithful. Let's take a look at a time God allowed demolishment and it was to fulfill a even bigger purpose. 
 

Genesis 6:12-14 (NIV)

12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 


And to continue...

 

Genesis 6:17-22 (NIV)

17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”

22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.


 

It doesn't say exactly how Noah was feeling in the Bible... But I can only imagine. I don't think he said to himself "I got this."...  I think he said "Hey God... I'm a little in over my head, but I will listen and trust you." All around Noah was destruction... God told him, "I am going to destroy everything that breathes." Everything he knew was gone, all the people, all the land, the physical place he called home, gone. Even though he had every right to be angry, he wasn't. He was obedient. He feared the Lord and obeyed. This post can go many different ways, but to stay on track, just take a look at how Noah stood in the building that was okay to him, and got demolished right before his very eyes; A sledge hammer taken right into the comfort-zone in his life.

After God had done everything He said He would, Noah is now sailing in the dust. He is sailing in the rubble, in the aftermath. His close family around him, the noise, sounds, smells of the animals. After EVERYTHING was wiped out, now he had to spend every day with his close family and being around all those animals. I don't know about you, but I would be a pretty cranky girl. Noah wasn't... Well- He wasn't a cranky girl, for sure! But you know what I mean; He wasn't cranky. He stayed in a good attitude. As verse 22 says "Noah did everything just as God commanded him." He did this despite the destruction around him. This to me, is a true act of worship.

Noah never stopped and looked around, being distracted by life itself. Noah never stopped listening to God's voice. Noah never looked at the trial of THIS storm and concluded it with false judgement. He stayed in tune with God's spirit always and this became his covering. When we put ourselves in the Word of God, actively listening for the Holy Spirit, we are covered when the storm of life hits. When we have faith and are praying constantly, we won't be shaken when the walls come crumbling down, and the dust is all over us. Sure we can be sad, and have emotion, but we will not be shaken. When Jesus is your rock, you will not be moved. 

Psalm 62:6 (NIV)

6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.


God did all of this to make his earth beautiful again. It was filled with ugly things. And Noah stood in the dust. Fortunately, he was covered. He had a understanding that God made all things work together for the good of those who loved Him. Noah loved God, and knew that if the storm of life came, he would be covered and he would not be shaken. When the construction came, he was apart of the blueprint. And even though he stood in the dust, he never allowed the dust to become apart of him. Have you ever let the dust of life become apart of you? If so, it is never too late to brush it off. His mercies are new each morning. 

 

Open Ended Questions:

1. how can we be more active in being close to god, so that when the construction comes, we will not be shaken?

2. how can we have a heart and attitude like noah?

3. how can we brush off the old dust that has stuck to our beautiful clothes?
 



Our prayer...

Jesus, I ask that you would forgive me. I pray that you would empty my heart of the junk that would get in the way of being closer to you. You know me and you see me. You see the storms of life, you see the construction zones that are unexpected. I pray that you would instill in me patience, wisdom, and character during these times. Cover me with your presence. Allow me to show people grace just as you showed me grace. Give me an obedient heart like Noah. As long as you are my rock, I will not be shaken. Amen.