fA Passage and A Prayer



“In the six hundred and first year in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry.” Genesis 8:13
How long is this going to take? Remember the longest project you ever took on?  It was a year to see the house get built, four years to get through college, and you’ve had seven years now in the same job, hoping to move up. It takes time, someone is going to say.

Try saying that to Noah and he would smile. Takes time, you say? How about the time to build an ark and survive the flood? That takes time!  We don’t have a specific time as to how long it took Noah to build the ark, but it clearly took many decades, even up to 100 years. What a project to combine boldness and patience.

That’s not a common combination—boldness and patience. Bold people are generally immediate people. They act right now and get things done.  Patient people are often cautious and deliberate.  But Noah had to be both. It was amazing boldness to build an ark 450 feet long with no water nearby. It was also bold to do this in the face of the mocking he must have endured. It would take patience to know that this project was going to last decades. Yet, he couldn’t take forever. The flood was coming and he needed to be ready. 

Perhaps we are all in a similar combination. We need boldness that acts and patience that knows this won’t be done in a day.  We won’t be asked to do a 100 year project ourselves, but we’re part of a congregation that is more than 100 years old.  And we hope that the mission of First Immanuel continues for another 100+ years after us.  That patient, long view takes bold steps today as we plan, fund, and carry out the work of teaching and sharing the Gospel. People today need our bold steps while the work of 100 years from now will be built on the patient work we do also today.
Our heavenly Father, help us to be both bold and patient.  Give us an impatient boldness that offers the Gospel to everyone possible today, but also give us the patience to accept that the Gospel that we plant today might take years to fully develop. Do all this by the power of Jesus’ name. Amen.