God tells Noah to prepare for the coming flood by building an ark. How is this chapter in the Bible about a flood relevant to us?
Water is the element that corresponds to the emotional self. We often use “watery” terms to describe our emotional life. We talk about being “flooded with emotion” … of ”drowning in sorrow” or of being “swept away by strong waves of emotion.” Like the ocean, our feelings eb and flow and come through us in waves. The flood is a very apt metaphor for the times in our own lives when we experience being swept away by the tidal waves of emotional angst.
The message to us through Noah is not only that we can expect to go through trying times in life but God even explains the purpose of these times of having the ground swept out from under us! He plainly tells Noah that he intends to sweep the planet clean of all evil. Yes, life challenge and personal crisis is the means by which we are refined and shaped into useful vessels of service for Source.
But we have to be able to survive the tough times even if they are intended to grow us! God knew that the flood would destroy Noah too unless he had something in place to see Noah through. So he tells Noah to build an ark and because Noah was one with God he heard and built the ark exactly as he was told to do.
When we apply this logic to ourselves we come to understand that times of hardship are designed for the purpose of purification. God is out to eliminate anything in us that is not in alignment with his purpose, all of these so-called evil elements, meaning anything that goes against his principles, will be wiped out by the emotional storms that are about to descend. But to survive these painful life experiences that are designed to purify, strengthen and shape us into being the best we can be, we must have an ark in place.
We cannot survive these hardships without an ark of protection. We too, like Noah are given details on how to build this ark. Do you want to know more about how God's directions to Noah are relevant to your life?