Shut In

Kara Lee

These last months at Jenks CarePoint have certainly not looked like anything I had imagined. The daily busyness has become stillness. The phone that used to ring constantly is quiet. I am unsure of what ministry is supposed to look like during these days. Nothing is familiar. I’m sure you can relate!

We don’t have to look very far in scripture to find examples of people who also found themselves in unfamiliar circumstances.

We read about Noah in Genesis chapter 6, and how God told him to build a massive boat that would house his family and two of every living creature to spare them all from a flood. There is nothing mentioned to indicate that Noah had any prior experience in ship building, nor is there any mention in the scripture of floods prior to this time. What we do know is that although this was new territory for Noah, he obeyed God.

Genesis goes on to tell us that after Noah, his family and the animals had entered the ark, God  shut them in. The term “shut-in” has certainly taken on new meaning recently! God shut-in Noah to provide safety and to fulfill His plan to save humanity. Could it be that God is saving you from something or fulfilling a plan in your life during this time of being shut-in?

While Noah’s activities on the ark are not detailed for us, he surely stayed busy with the daily tasks of caring for the animals traveling with him. I wonder if Noah ever wondered if this work was really what God intended. Maybe he questioned, like I sometimes do, whether he heard God correctly or missed some detail about what he should be doing.

After more than a year, God allowed Noah to safely exit the ark. Noah’s response was to offer praise and worship to his Lord. 

My prayer for us all as we continue to face unfamiliar circumstances is that, like Noah, we can obey God, trust His plan, keep working as for the Lord, and begin even now to offer praise for the work He is surely doing in our lives.


1 comment (Add your own)

1. Dave Bender wrote:
Great article Kara! Patience.

Thu, July 2, 2020 @ 5:17 PM

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