NOAH’S STORY teaches us that before the floods rise, we need to build something that will withstand them. We need God’s guidance to build something that will last. In therapy, we use emotional “tools” to manage distress, gain relationship skills, regulate emotion, and remain mindful. When the floods come, our emotional arks built with these tools can help us withstand the floods of personal, family, and cultural struggles. Time spent journaling, attending and engaging in therapy, or in prayer and meditation may seem a waste of time to some, but they are the spiritual and emotional tools that help us withstand the trials that will surely flood our lives at some point, if they have not already.
—Angela D. Schaffner
Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself
From page 122 of Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself by Angela D. Schaffner. Copyright © 2018 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
What “emotional arks” help you withstand the floodwaters? Share your thoughts.
The flood continued forty days on the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters swelled and increased greatly on the earth; and the ark floated on the face of the waters.
—Genesis 7:17-18, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Jesus, help me to see myself in your Word, so that others might see you in me. Amen.
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