Missing Parts

“And God said to Noah, "I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch.” - Genesis 6:13-14

When God gave the design for the ark to Noah, He was very specific. The building materials, the height, the length, the breath, the number of decks, and the number or doors and windows were all clearly outlined for Noah. Yet among all the details and plans that were given to Noah, two parts of the boat are conspicuously missing; the sail and the rudder.

Imagine going into a rough sea without any way of meeting the waves head-on. Imagine not just a rough sea, but a torrential storm so powerful that its wipes out life from the earth. And in that storm, the ark that Noah made, according to God’s design, had no sail or rudder to keep it pointed the right way. The direction of the ark and the protection of the people onboard were left to God.

We pray to God for guidance and protection, yet often we feel determined to the be ones who protects ourselves and guide our own lives. Would you climb in an ark and allow God to carry and direct the boat as He saw fit? Will you allow God to direct you wherever He leads? Will you walk by faith and not by sight?