This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God. Noah was the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt. So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth!
“Build a large boat from cypress wood and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior. Make the boat 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. Leave an 18-inch opening below the roof all the way around the boat. Put the door on the side, and build three decks inside the boat—lower, middle, and upper.
“Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die. But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat—you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring a pair of every kind of animal—a male and a female—into the boat with you to keep them alive during the flood. Pairs of every kind of bird, and every kind of animal, and every kind of small animal that scurries along the ground, will come to you to be kept alive. And be sure to take on board enough food for your family and for all the animals.”
So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.
-Genesis 6:9 -22
In A World Gone Wrong
The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the LORD was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart. And the LORD said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.” But Noah found favor with the LORD.
On August 21, 2010, the Lord called me to walk on Peter’s Mountain (the 4th ridge in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania). First, He had me stand in prayer on the Appalachian Trail pedestrian bridge over Route 225 to take authority and then my spouse dropped me off along the Susquehanna River to ascend the mountain on the switchbacking “bench-pressing” for the kingdom of God. The prayer-walk was just over twelve miles and fiver hours culminating in a descent on the Victoria Trail to Clark’s Valley. The ascent through the switchbacks was spent in prayer and praise in songs of deliverance for our region. Singing songs, declaring God’s victorious praises and speaking His Word, I was entering the third switchback. At that point, I asked God to teach me how to love as He did.
As spoken in Luke 7:47, He said to me,
“Therefore I tell you, her sins, many [as they are], are forgiven her–because she has loved much. But he who is forgiven little loves little.”
That called to mind the words of a friend who just a couple days prior had said to substitute the words, “accepted and accepts” for “forgiven and forgives” in that Scripture and to repeat it reflectively.
So I did.
“Therefore I tell you, her sins, many [as they are], are accepted–because she has loved much. But he who is accepted little loves little.”
I remember saying, “she who is much be-loved, gives much love.”
And “freely ye have received, freely give.”
Coming around the switchback, there was a leather loafer, a left shoe lying on the trail.
Immediately, the Lord spoke into my heart:
And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest [by marrying a Moabitess] I endanger my own inheritance. Take my right of redemption yourself, for I cannot redeem it.
Now formerly in Israel this was the custom concerning redeeming and exchanging. To confirm a transaction, a man pulled off his sandal and gave it to the other. This was the way of attesting in Israel.
Therefore, when the kinsman said to Boaz, Buy it for yourself, he pulled off his sandal.
And Boaz said to the elders and to all the people, You are witnesses this day that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s from the hand of Naomi.
Also Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have bought to be my wife to restore the name of the dead to his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brethren and from the gate of his birthplace. You are witnesses this day.
I knew then that the Lord was affirming and confirming His Promises to me. I wanted what my earthly father wanted when his dying wish was for “the family” and it was also the will of my heavenly Father’s.
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
We had obeyed the Lord. We had staked our claim in our inheritance – the promised land – the promises of God – and now He was giving a further word of confirmation as our kinsman-redeemer.
This was the main message He spoke over more than twelve miles and five hours on the mountain. And along the way, He sent special tokens of His love. His angels were there to protect and defend and being sent to deliver.
That evening at home, in rest, the Lord spoke:
“And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.”
“Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning…I will do the part of a kinsman to thee…
as the Lord lives: lie down until the morning.”
That night the Lord gave me much joyful strength in His Words to me.
But yesterday, January 1, 2011, He called me to return to this mountain and the promise again.
This time both husband and wife walked. I did not question this until we were returning to the parking, accepting it as the Lord’s will. My spouse noticed things that the Lord was showing that I might have missed. All of these signs were taken together to strengthen our faith and patience to wait on His promise for it will certainly come, it will no longer delay.
God was showing us that the foundations are laid; that even in the wintry season where to man’s eye, nature appears “dead“, it is in a regenerative restful condition. That even though the ice appears to be in suspended animation, it is still at work moving mountains. He confirmed these and other promises given this past year.
The cold, like the hot is a God thing. It is only the lukewarm that He spits out.
Last night, after the hike, the Lord impressed upon me to look up the specific shoe that was on the trail in August. It was a Sperry Top-Sider.
This shoe is “speaking” to me!!!
Sperry Top-Sider was first known for boat shoes that have logged more miles of open ocean than any other. They have out-raced, out-cruised and out-fished any and all competitors, again and again, from 1935 to this very moment. But because the waterscape of our planet is limitless, so are the opportunities for wearers of Sperry Footwear. Put on a pair of Sperry Top-Sider shoes or sandals and you’ll have the perfect nautical feel that you’ve been looking for, no matter where you are.
Out on the open oceans there are no stop lights, no traffic signs, nothing to slow you down. How far and how fast you go is up to you. Sperry Top-Sider brings performance and style together so you can start living the nautical life, where your days and nights are never dry.
The story of Sperry Top Sider is rather unusual: on a fresh chilly winter day in 1935, sailor/inventor Paul Sperry was touched by inspiration watching his cocker spaniel Prince speeding about on the frosty ice-covered ground outside their house, excited as only a playful dog can be exploring that strange white stuff from above. Paul suddenly realized how the dogs claws digging into the ice kept it from losing grip and tumbling around on the ice. The soon to become a famous inventor went up and rushed into his work room, picked up a pen knife and used it on a pair of worn out rubber sneakers, cutting sipings into the outsoles. The Boat Shoe was born.
In combination with other brilliant designs, Sperry later created what would be known as the Authentic Original, famous world-wide as the Sperry Topsiders Boat Shoes, even being part of the US Naval Academy casual uniform.
Footwear for demanding situations
2 Samuel 22:29-51, “For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness. For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall. As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God? God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet: and setteth me upon my high places. He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great. Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip. I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them. And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet. For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me. Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me. They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD, but he answered them not. Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad.Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me. Strangers shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me. Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their close places. The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation. It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me, And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man. Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name. He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.”
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58
“And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. AMEN.”