Within the Ark

Writers in all ages have compared the turbulent phases of human experience to the fiercer elements of nature. The "Peace, be still" of Jesus, rebuking wind and wave and quieting mortal fear, calls to mind a picture in which the connection of storm and sea, of fear and turmoil, stands out distinctly.

Perhaps all readers of the Bible have outlined in fancy the beat and fury of the storm, related in the story of the deluge, and have seen the ark in which Noah and his family were safely sheltered, tossing on the waves. We are told that the rain fell and the water rose both day and night. Weeks and months passed as the ark, a mere speck on so vast a sea, rode in security; and for Noah and his little band there was perfect safety within the ark. The waters might foam and rage, the sky might grow black and send forth torrents; the chaos and desolation to outward vision might be complete, — yet those within had God's promise of deliverance, and they rested serenely.

The Coming of Our Lord
December 5, 1914

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