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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
"TOUGH FAITH FOR TOUGH TIMES"
CT# 704121 (230)
"NOAH... GROWING LILIES IN A GARBAGE DUMP"
Hebrews 11:7, Gen. 6:9-7:5
Several years ago we went to Cairo, Egypt. Toward the end of the
day, our guide said he wanted to take us to see an unusual place we
really ought to see even though it might be unpleasant. He took us to
the edge of the city to an ancient cemetery. Many of the tombs are
built above ground, almost like little houses. He said, "What you're
going to see is that people have moved in among these graves, and they
are living there. We call it "The Living City of the Dead."
Our bus stopped, and when we looked across what seemed miles of
this cemetery, he told us there were 30,000 people living there. We
saw little children running around, as well as adults. It was very
barren, with a very unpleasant smell, but people had little fires,
trying to cook their meals.
My heart went out as I looked at these people, living so
sparingly, in the most difficult circumstances in a place where none of
us would even consider living, and yet, because there was no other
place to go, that was their home.
As I stood there taking this in, I happened to look down, and in
the midst of this dust and depressing sight, th-ere was a little tiny
flower growing, blooming in the midst of that barren, desolate, tragic
situation. It was a like a light in the darkness to me. It said,
"There is some hope in a world that seems very bleak for many people."
You see, you can grow lilies, as Noah learned, in the most
difficult places in the world. Even in a garbage dump, in barren
places; even in a place where it seems impossible. Noah was the kind
of man who could grow lilies in the midst of a garbage dump society,
and he succeeded very well in it.
The name of Noah is very familiar to most of us. Usually we think
of the ark when we hear his name, and the flood. But ...
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