Posted by: Diane | December 13, 2012

Day 13…Noah’s Ark,Your Faith

Day 13

Advent calendar picture 13

Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15.13

The symbol of the circle reminds us that love is eternal and that perfect love comes from our eternal God.  It was God’ perfect love that compelled Him to shed His blood and lay down His life for us. The background of white symbolizes the holiness of Jesus.  Though the sins of all mankind were laid on Him, He Himself was holy and lived a life of perfect righteousness for us.

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for Your perfect life and perfect love. Amen.

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Somebody built a life-sized replica of Noah’s ark. You’ve got to see it.

This was a twenty year project for a very innovative Dutchman. He wanted to make people think about their purpose on earth.“I want to make people question that so that they go looking for answers and ultimately find salvation through God and eternal life” he said.

I’m a kinesthetic learner  –  I would love to walk onto this ark and let my imagination run.

Judging from the long line up at the Alcratraz tour in San Francisco two weeks ago, I think that many people would want to head onto the Ark and think about Noah, his creation and the context in which he was building this huge boat.

Let me explain that last sentence.

About two weeks ago, Dawne and I got up bright and early in San Francisco so that we could make the first tour of the day to the abandoned federal penitentiary on Alcatraz Island.  Even at 8:00 in the morning, on that very foggy,cold and rainy Saturday, there were long lineups to board the ferry and head across San Francisco Bay Why? –  Because we were intrigued. As we walked through the prison, touched the cell bars and heard the stories, everyone was trying to picture what it must have been like to live there. Visiting Alcatraz elevated our curiosity and caused us all to pretend..to ask questions…to put ourselves into that context.

I think the same thing will happen when visitors walk through this full scale replica of Noah’s Ark. Women will wonder how Noah’s family kept the ark clean. Men will be thinking about the construction details of such a big boat. Old and young people will look at the stalls, think about animals marching in “2 by 2” and imagine the controlled kaos on this floating zoo. Children will envision swinging elephant trunks,pouncing tigers, curled up hedgehogs and balancing flamingos.

When interviewed for the National Post article, Johan Huibers commented, “You will begin to get an idea of how it would actually have worked in practice.”

There will be lots of questions..and that’s exactly why Johan Huibers built this ark.

Just take a quick look at some of the comments at the end of the National Post article. The very presence of this ark has stirred up deep feelings, strong comments and intriguing discussion amongst the cynics and the believers.

Questions are good. Discussion is better. Faith is best.

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. Eleanor Roosevelt


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