Genesis 8:15-17 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you…
Try to imagine that first day out of the ark. Depending on how you count the days loading, raining, waiting and leaving we know for certain that Noah and his family with all those creatures were at least a year shut in the walls of the boat. Try to imagine the day when God said, “It’s time!”
Can you see in your mind’s eye Noah and the grandchildren rushing down the ramp with dogs, cats cows and thousands of other animals not far behind? It was a day of new beginnings. Noah began with worship and God gave him the sign in the clouds which we can still see on days when rain mixes with the sunshine.
In that same manner we are starting together a new year. 2015 may have been a year that we felt tossed and turned. 2015 may have been twelve months of floods, confusion and a loss of freedom, but that was then and this is now.
Today we can take our first steps into the new year. What better way to begin than how Noah began…with worship.
Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar Genesis 8:20