by Dana Peters-Colley
Black and white. When things are, it’s pretty clear. What did Jesus say about these times we are in? The last days will be like the days of Noah when He returns (Matthew 24:37).
I looked at the passages about Noah and discovered something I hadn’t seen before. And it was black and white. It’s hidden in plain sight. It’s revealed with the two birds Noah sends out from his amazing float boat, the Ark.
Did you know Noah’s name translates to mean rest? Isn’t it like God to place this man, Rest, into a disaster with a ticket to the other side? Doesn’t sound too restful, does it? Yet, our God put Noah’s and his family on a boat with all the creatures to save them.
Do you feel creatures impacting you these days? They aren’t the ones you want to save, but Jesus might. It’s hard to navigate that when evil is called good and good is called evil. It’s crept into our culture and can blind us to what is truly good.
Yet, we are to love the sinner but hate their sin. We are down here, in a place not our home, instructed to occupy until our Savior return. We are here to be salt, to determine when to speak out and when to hold our tongues. We are called – important – this is so important – to be the Bride. We are to abide with Christ. We must choose when to offer grace and when to bring accountability. Not always black and white, is it?
What is black and white is that there is so much at stake. Eternity, in fact.
When I studied Noah, I discovered he did something. It was after creation drowned. He spent one hundred-and-fifty days out in the water. Then, Noah released two different birds. The raven, a black bird, was set free. It was followed by the dove, a white bird. Black and white. There it is!
And the importance? The raven went to and fro until the waters dried. The first dove returned to the safety of the Ark. The symbolism. Black can represent judgment. White can represent purity, holiness, and the Holy Spirit. Judgment continued to travel around the earth, but purity and holiness returned to the safety inside. And Rest was there to pull the bird in.
As judgment swirls around the world, we’re to abide in Christ and find that rest. Our job is to be like Noah.
I’ve been greatly troubled lately. Concerns were on my mind when I opened my shutters on a recent spring morning. As I peered out, a woman down below walked two dogs. Can you guess their colors? Yes, black and white! And what was strange was the black dog spun in tiny circles. The white dog just stood. Judgment is circling. The white stands.
The day before, I heard a gentle whisper inside my heart, ‘Stand’. And here was the instruction. Black and white.
Isn’t God good? He says we’ll be followed by signs and wonders. Our job is to be open to see what He reveals. We enter that Ark of rest. We await our Savior’s return. And yes, things can be very black and white.
So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Hebrews 4:9-10 NASB
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About the author: Dana Peters-Colley is a creative who loves Jesus. She has been tucked away developing a brand of Christian parable books, faith-based fiction, and inspirational books as well as screenplays. Dana holds a B.A. in journalism, studied screenwriting at U.C.L.A., and is a former long-time Disney creative leader and producer. When the Lord got ahold of Dana everything marvelously changed. She is developing a heavenly-inspired brand line that brings stories to build family, inspire discovery, and teach kingdom ways. See danapeterscolley.com to connect to her spiritual blog and gaze at her adventures.
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