Look Up

Ark Encounter is a Christian evangelical and fundamentalist theme park that opened in Grant County, Kentucky on July 7, 2016.[2][3] The centerpiece of the park is a full-scale model of Noah’s Ark as described in the Genesis flood narrative of the Bible. It is 510 feet (155 m) long, 85 feet (26 m) wide, and 51 feet (16 m) high. It is one of only three full-size Noah’s Ark replicas and derivatives in the world, and the largest of the three.

A close look at the reproduction of Noah’s Ark above does not show any windows. The only window was at the top to let light in. After all the animals and Noah’s family entered the ark, God closed the door. The rains came down and covered the valleys and mountains on earth. Noah’s family heard the screams of those who rejected God, but they could not see them. No rain had ever come on the earth, so when Noah started his project, people laughed at him. It took 120 years to finish the ark. Can you imagine the ridicule and the persecution he received? Yet, he stayed faithful (Genesis 6-8).

Rain fell on the earth for forty days and forty nights. The ark rocked in the water. Do you think the eight people inside wondered what was going on? Did they wonder if they would get out alive? Do you think they wanted to look out? They had to trust God and encourage each other.


We live in troubling times, and it is tempting for me to look at the circumstances and become discouraged, something I have to repent for nearly every day. Yet, God continues to shine His light into our dark world. He said, “I am the light of the world, Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life,” (John 8:12). Like Noah, you and I can look up into the light and trust God to carry us through suffering, anxieties or problems. Will you do that today? Be encouraged, nothing is impossible for God.


Heavenly Father, intervene into the chaos and division in our world. Help us to remember to look up to you and trust you to help us in times of trouble. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Sue Loeffler

Author of more than two hundred articles, devotions and stories, my book, A CLOSER WALK WITH GOD, is a compilation of devotions from my visit to Israel. The Bible came alive to me, and I discovered I was not only walking in the Holy Lands; I was walking closer with God. I have taught Sunday school more than twenty years, mentored young women and volunteered as a hospital chaplain. Today I lead Women's Bible studies in my home, and I write two blogs--A Closer Walk With God-Devotions from a Journey Through the Holy Lands and Tell Me the Story-Building a Relationship with Jesus Through Bible Lessons and Prayer. Visit often and/or subscribe/follow.

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