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"Then I will set on his shoulder the key of the house of David; when he opens no one will shut, when he shuts no one will open."

Isaiah 22:22

So, I had a dream that I found intriguing. It was about Noah and the ark. I don't think about Noah very often, I do think about the promise God gave to him, the one that promises He will never flood the whole earth again, never. We have a promise to live in hope and salvation.

Back to the dream. I saw the ark on a high mountain. The door to the ark swung open and there was Noah, looking up to the blue sky. God's voice rumbled through out the entire earth, but He was directly talking to Noah. "I have opened the doors, go into the new earth and live in promise." 

Noah, on the other hand, was cautious. He had just spent many days cooped up in the ark, his family being his only company. Never in his lifetime had he seen anything like this experience; it was new, scary, envigorating, challenging....So, Noah slowly stepped out. The realization of change, new beginnings, and life overwhelmed him. But, God made it clear to him, in my dream, that He is the One that closed the door, and now He is the One opening the door. It was good to step forward.

I woke up thinking about my own experience with isolation, and the world as a whole---everyone has experienced a form of isolation due to Covid-19. All our doors closed, and we kept to ourselves in our homes. Now, doors are opening. In my community, almost all the doors are open and life "looks" pretty normal. Even with that, there is an awareness. We have all been impacted in one way or another by the closed doors. Some of us have walked out of the open door with great caution, others with joy and a new conviction. There's a lot of opinions flying around about what our next steps should be, and a lot of different realities for different groups of people. Even with all of this, the doors are open and we have to make a choice. Do we step out into the somewhat unkown, or do we stay in and close the door a little longer? There is risk either way. 

For me, I choose to walk through the door, mentally, emotionally, and sometimes physically.  There is so much I am not in control of, just like Noah with the rain. Noah was in control of his choices. He chose to obey God and build an ark, he chose to go into the ark, and then later walk out. He chose to believe God was with him the entire way. God is with me too, all the way through the door. And, whatever choice you make He is going to be there with you too. 

God has a way of opening doors with unknown information before us. The only way to thrive on the other side of the door is to have faith in His Soveriegnity. Just like Noah had faith.

"And God spoke to Noah, saying, 'Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives with you.'... Genesis 8:15

 

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