Would you ride on Noah’s Ark? How about Johan’s Ark?
Noah’s Ark is coming to Seattle… kinda… maybe. I stumbled upon an article talking about the possible visit of a recreated Noah’s Ark that is coming to us all the way from the Netherlands. As the King 5 article explained,
“The ark, created by Dutch carpenter Johan Huibers, will first stop at several port cities in Brazil and make four stops along the coast of the U.S., according to the Ark of Noah Foundation. The website says: “While still in the planning phase, desired ports to visit include: San Diego, Long Beach, San Francisco and Seattle.”
According to the organization, which was founded by Huibers, the idea to build the ark came to Huibers after he dreamt that a massive flood covered the province of Noord-Holland in the Netherlands.
“That dream marks the start of an exciting adventure in which Johan overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve his ultimate goal: The building of a replica of Noah’s Ark,” the organization said online.
The modern ark, dubbed “Johan’s Ark,” is a fully-functioning replica of Noah’s Ark, as described in the book of Genesis in the Bible.
My favorite part of that article and that quote is that Johan Huibers built the ark after a dream in which the 40 day flood came to his home town. I think far to often we leave the Bible trapped in the ancient past… it is about a different time with a different understanding with a different way of being that just doesn’t make sense today. Not exactly.
The Bible tells the story of people trying to understand the God that made them, a people working to be better and not always getting it quite right, a people that face division and misunderstanding and political troubles at every turn. Does any of this sound familiar?
Too many times we make the Biblical stories into these massive Hollywood scenes in our head… we picture Noah’s Ark crashing down 40 foot waves, all the while that Biblical story is calling out for us to see that when the storms of life come crashing, God will see us through them. We hear the story of Jonah and think… what a weird story about a man being eaten by a fish, all the while we miss out on a story that when God calls you to something you are going to do it, even if you have to get swallowed by a really big fish.
The Bible is meant to be a living document that connects to your daily life and if it takes a life sized replica of Noah’s Ark coming to the port of Seattle to make that happen… so be it.