Our Scripture readings, today, are the story of Noah, starting in Genesis 6, and in the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus calms the storm (8:24--27). I also think, however, of the storm in Matthew 14. In chapter 14 Jesus calms the storm, walks on water, says to Peter "come," and Peter comes and walks on the water too. Following directions! In the story of Noah, starting in Genesis 6, God gives pretty clear directions on exactly what Noah is to do -- including how to build a boat. There are a few other examples of God giving such clear directions -- Exodus for Moses taking care of the ark and in Kings for Solomon to build the temple -- but usually God says "come/do," like Jesus says to Peter.
I realized something interesting with Noah, and building the ark, this week. Noah lived in the desert. He had never even seen a boat let alone built a boat -- even if he was 600 years old. (Genesis 8:13) God tells Noah the type of wood to use, the size to build and what is to go into the boat. We are also told, a couple of times the first being in Genesis 6:22, Noah follows God's instructions exactly.
So...... I ask you again....... How are you at following directions? Do you need the direction before you follow where God is leading? Can you, like Peter, get out of the "boat" (our comfort zones!?) to follow or do you want God to give the exact directions? Do you, like the Disciples, realize Jesus IS with you in the storm "of confusion and uncertainty"? (Matthew 8:24--27) As we "face our giants," and a new school year, how are we doing at following where God is leading?