Life is Hard!

I am a strong believer that God uses everything that happens in life to teach us something about Himself if we will just listen to His Spirit and allow Him to instruct us. Then I search God’s Word to see what God has specifically said regarding what the Spirit has impressed upon my mind.

I am a pen turner and I love to work at my lathe. I have learned many things about life as I work at my lathe. Each step of the process in turning a piece of wood or antler into a pen is painful to the material with which I am working. The process includes cutting, drilling, shaping, sanding, polishing, friction, and pressure. But when the process is complete the material has been transformed; it has new beauty, value, and purpose. Something of little value now has greater value, all because it endured a painful process! Life is full of difficulties and it easy to become overwhelmed. But there is a purpose behind each hardship; they are all part of a process to shape and mold us into some of greater value and purpose. My desire in writing this blog is to encourage and maybe stir up some conversation with the lessons that God has been teaching me through the painful process of life. Life is hard, but God is good. May He continue working His process in my life.

If you are going to read any of my posts be sure to ready "Introduction to Lessons from the Lathe". In that post I lay out the basis for all the other blogs.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

But God Rememberd Noah

I have started my annual read through of the Bible. This has become the one “resolution” that I make every year. When I first began the practice it was so that I could say I had done it; one more check in my list of things that “good Christians” do. But each year that I do this, God’s Word becomes sweeter and more personal to me. I read it now because I love the Author and I know He desires to speak to me. I would encourage all my brothers and sisters in Christ to develop a daily hunger for God’s word.

I finished the story of Noah the other day and a phrase from Genesis 8:1 won’t let me go: “But God remembered Noah…” As I have allowed that phrase to roll around in my head I couldn’t help but consider the situation in which Noah found himself when God remembered him. As the story of Noah is played out we find that he faithfully obeyed each time that God asked him to do something. God said…and Noah did as the Lord commanded.” In chapter 8 we find Noah at about the halfway point in his cruise. I have never taken the time to add up the days before and hadn’t realized that they were on the boat for 400 days or more! I can only imagine what it must have been like on the ark. There was only family to talk to and I am sure that they were like any normal family and got under each other’s skin from time to time. There where the animals that needed to be tended to; fed, watered, cleaned up after…And I think there must have been some grieving over all the loss that they had experienced: friends, home, extended family, everything except what was on the ark had been washed away by the flood. I think that maybe Noah and his family may have been feeling a bit down at this point.

Then Scripture says those amazing words: “God remembered Noah.” In the midst of all that was going on in his life, when things looked their worst, God showed up and somehow reminded Noah that He was still with them. It didn’t end the struggle, there was probably close to another 10 months or more before God called them out of the ark! But I believe that God had given Noah and his family the encouragement they needed to continue on faithfully in the task to which He had called them.

Why this impacted my life so much this year is because I have been going through a period of depression. I know that I am exactly where God wants me to be, I know that He works all things together for good, I know that He who began the work in my life will be faithful to complete it. I know that I know these facts and I trust God to be faithful to His word. I am just tired of being sick, I am tired of losing my ability to remember things, I don’t like the fact the Brenda has to work so much but would much prefer to be home with the kids. I don’t know why the holidays bring on such depression. Statistics show it to be the time of year when more people experience depression.

As I meditated on this passage, I realized just how much I had let depression creep into my life again. I realized that the fruit of the Spirit was not what was being evidenced in my reactions. I was challenged in what I allowed myself to think about and the choices that I was making. God seemed to sit next to me and say, “Scott, I remember you. I am still with you. I have not forsaken you. Now, quit your moping and get back to work. I have a job for you to do in the circumstances in which you find yourself. Will you be faithful to do what I ask in spite of how you feel?”

I am still tired of the situation and would love for it to be done. But I will intentionally choose each day to remember that this is what God has called me to. I will remember that I alone can choose my attitude and response to circumstances. I will choose to be obedient to God’s word that tells us to “rejoice in the Lord always.” “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.”

I hope that you find encouragement in the fact that “God remembered Noah” and He remembers you too. Pray with me as I strive to allow God to have His perfect work in my life.

God is good.


  1. Scott, thank for for sharing this insight. I don't think that phrase has popped out to me before. How wonderful that God puts these little tidbits of encouragement in even the most well known stories. I pray that God continues to give you encouragement that He is there with you and remembers you. Blessings to you!!

  2. I am constantly amazed at the little things that God points out each time I read through the Bible. It seems there is something new that I have not seen before. That is what makes the Bible different from any other book; you can never plumb the depth of its content. That is because it is God's very word; God's Spirit applies it to the specific circumstance in which we find ourselves. I am so thankful that God didn't just speak in the past, but that He continues to speak through His Word and Spirit.