“Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks.”
There is so much to learn from the story of Noah. I thought of it as a journey that God was taking Noah through. He was taking him from a world he saw corrupt and violent. He found him righteous and planned to save him. He said to him make yourself an ark and gave him specific instructions on the ark. He told him to build himself an ark out of Cypress wood. Cypress wood has natural built-in preservative that makes it resistant to water and insect damage. He was specific on the quality of wood. On top of that He instructed him to coat the wood with pich to avoid water seeping into and sinking the ark. For this 40 days journey, he told him what to preserve and pack with him..
I learnt from this story that sometimes we find ourselves in situations and environment that are challenging. we find ourselves surrounded by floods. Cypress wood in today’s world symbolizes mourning or sadness. I thought of the ark as a separation from the outside world. That we sometimes go through a period of mourning, depression or sadness and we can find ourselves isolated. But there is a God! And he has a plan to keep us safe through the journey. Who has provided for us an ark that is resistant. The light afflictions we experience are momentary and is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. Like it says in Romans 8:28 that all things work together for good to them that love the lord. We should ask God to help us see the phases we go through as transitioning into the newness that God is calling us into. He provides means for us to stay afloat during the flood.