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The Flood of Feeling Overwhelmed (2 of 5)
Series: Rescue - Lessons from the Life of Noah
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1. CAPTURE THE BIG PICTURE
• Hebrews 11:6-7
2. EMBRACE THE EVERYDAY
• Genesis 6:8-9
• Genesis 6:22
• Colossians 3:23-24
Well Happy Mother's Day! It is such a joy to get to share with you today, because being a Mom has been the greatest faith adventure of my life, and I live the story of Noah, because when I see the giant things that he was facing and then compare them to the things that I face, it really gives me encouragement. I think if he can do it, I can do it. So, we are going to jump right into what Noah has taught us.
You know, I remember the very first time that I held each of our four children, Ryan, Josh, Megan and Steven, and I was just overwhelmed with this new little life that I was responsible for. I remember the weight of it. Sure, they didn't weigh that much, but the weight seemed enormous as I held them and I thought , Wow ... it's just Kerry and I in charge of this little person, and I felt overwhelmed. And I think Noah must have felt overwhelmed. I mean, he had some pretty big news from God. God told him that He was going to destroy the earth. Now that's big news! And then in a classic good news/bad news, he said, but good news Noah, you and your family I've chosen to save from among all the people on the earth. You are going to be saved. Well that's great news. And then the bad news part for us in a way would be, and you get to build your own life boat. Now Kerry and I struggled to put together a chair from Ikea, so it would have really been bad news if we heard we're supposed to build an ark, a giant ark.
You know those life stress quizzes they have, you know, that they assign a certain number of points to different changes in life or things that happen in life, and it's supposed to tell you how stressful your life is, as if you needed someone to tell you. You know, you get 25 points if you have to move or maybe 30 points if you change jobs. Well just imagine if Noah had to take a test like that. How do you put a point value on you hear the news the world is ending. You know, that's gotta be worth 1,000 points, and then hearing that you have a massive building project to undertake. You know, that's a few hundred more, and then guess what ? You're an instant zoo keeper. You need to learn how to take care of all the animals that God's ever created. I mean, there was so much stress in Noah's life, and he must have felt overwhelmed, but somehow he didn't give up. He must have felt overwhelmed, but not to the point of giving up.
1. Capture the Big Picture
So what is the first thing that we can learn from the live of Noah? Capture the big picture.