A Catastrophe


In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights. On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark, they and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, every winged creature. They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the Lord shut him in.

The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep. And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days. Genesis 7:11-24 ESV

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 ESV


Anyone who was living in the State of Washington on May 18, 1980 will never forget what happened that day. Mount St. Helens erupted, sending a huge cloud of steam and ash into the sky. In the eastern part of the state, people had to shovel ash off their roofs. It became dark in the middle of the day. Streetlights came on, and cars had to drive with headlights. What happened closer to the mountain was a huge catastrophe. The explosion was estimated to be ten megatons, like a bomb. It disintegrated trees and flattened forests. A wall of ash, mud, and trees roared down a river canyon. The destruction was incredible.

Some people think that’s what the flood was like. It was extremely powerful. It was not only a lot of rain, but the Bible says that the fountains of the great deep burst forth. It might well have been like many volcanoes erupting all at once. The destruction left behind by the flood must have been unimaginable. The world would never look the same again.

God didn’t forget the people and animals in the ark. He kept them safe through this destruction. Even when the whole world was covered in water, the ark floated above it all. The people and animals in the world all died, but everyone in the ark stayed alive. God was watching over them and caring for them.

God continues to care for his people today. He sent Jesus to save us. No matter what bad things happens, God keeps us safe with him. It doesn’t mean we’ll never have any trouble. We may have some terrible trouble. But nothing will ever keep us away from God’s love. He will always love us because of what Jesus did for us on the cross.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us your love in Jesus, so that nothing bad will ever separate us from your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.