By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh."1 Peter 5:7-8------Patience - To project a sense of calm and determined waiting in the midst of a difficult or delayed scenario. A peaceful, internal, uninterrupted response to outward stimuli. Patience is a settled development of the soul that develops in the midst of swirling and uncontrollable circumstances;It finds its unaltering, unmovable position in Christ and refuses to be deterred from it.Noah understood it wonderfully and he challenges us today.Three virtues possessed by Noah:Passion. Depth. Patience.------Today's Reading: Genesis 6-7There was a time when the story of Noah seemed all about preservation, and indeed, that theme winds its way through both Old and New Testaments, and serves as a necessary reminder and reality of the soul's preservation, ultimately to be found, in Christ alone.But more and more, the story speaks to me of patient long-term growth in the soul development arena, and a relational experience occuring between Noah and God that led to intimacy off the charts, and an unexplainable, unequivocally powerful and personal relationship that took place between an immortal God and a mortal man.The project called "the ark" that catapulted Noah's soul into the "Hall of Faith" (Hebrews 11) was an endeavor that kept his soul safe, occupied, and fortified with the resonating love of God the Father, while the rest of the world moved destructively and decidedly on, without desire for "that" relationship.I used to think Noah's "work" must have been extremely lonely;I now think the work was extremely gratifying.Occupying the hands of time and the hands of man simultaneously, God confers a long term "work" station on a man who has found the narrow way to be a very solid and truthful way, and aids him with the "ark building" as a means of fostering a deepening relationship along the way.Staying the course and keeping to the daily, obedient habit of "ark building," Noah employed his mind with God's desire for him.Together they grew ...And Noah continued to find grace in the eyes of the Lord. (Genesis 6:8)-----Communion with God doesn't happen overnight and it doesn't happen without some kind of "ark" involved.Communion and soul development occur within the "work" we are given to construct which was not intended to supply us with yet another "program or project," but as a unique fostering of relational building between ourselves and God.The key ingredient to the "works" God has created us for speaks to the "relationship" He has created us for:-The Immortal One desires a relationship with the mortal one.-The Faithful One desires to commune with the fickle one.-The Holy One desires to be near the unholy one.-----In the story of the ark ... I urge you to embark on a piece of the story that is saved for those beautifully in pursuit of the One who is looking for more than "ark builders."Climb into the ark and see something bigger than a boat.See the "preservation project" as a visible means to a "patient fostering" of soul development catapulting you into a richer and deeper relationship with Christ.A story about you and Him ...Together.-----"And the Lord smelled a sweet savor ..."Genesis 8:21
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