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Water, water everywhere. According to the weather forecast, we in North Carolina are in for a deluge of rain, courtesy of the up and coming tropical storm. John and I don’t live in a floodplain, but I remember one previous hurricane when certain cities in North Carolina ended up being islands, including where we live now. And Hurricane Floyd was not nice at all to eastern North Carolina and environs.
John stocked up on groceries today, but we weren’t planning on getting out much anyway. In fact, I’ve only been going to doctors’ appointments lately, hiding from the virus lurking outside.
As I think about all the coming rain, I am reminded of the big flood talked about in the Bible. As Genesis 7:17-20 tells us, the rain started “and the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed 15 cubits upward, and the mountains were covered.” Although the measurement of a cubit varied, it was probably somewhat under 2 feet. That would sure make the waters high.
Another facet of the flood was how long Noah and his family were stuck in the ark. Calculating by people smarter than I am has concluded that it was probably about a year. If we think we have it rough now, imagine being cooped up with all sorts of hungry, smelly animals and relatives and coming out to a world that has been destroyed. Starting all over was not any fun, I’m sure.
And can you imagine building new abodes, using only what could have been stored in the ark? I suspect some items had to be left behind—but surviving was what really mattered. Right?
I’m sure those early people were floored by all the water falling from the sky, since before then the only water was in dew and rivers. When we watch the water coming down during a hurricane, let’s try to appreciate how important water is to our survival — and pray for the best “rainbowy” outcome.
Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.