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.
Imagine you’d never heard the story of the worldwide flood, but you found a fragment in a jar in a cave with Genesis 7:11 scribbled on it. You’d probably think it’d been ripped right from this guy Noah’s journal because it’s so meticulously time-stamped. And if you didn’t know that ‘fountains of the deep bursting forth’ and ‘the windows of heaven opening ‘ were references to divine acts of judgement in the wider context of this story, you’d probably read them as beautiful references to divine acts of love, right? And that’s just it: theophanies always take our lives by storm, whether they come in winds of judgment or winds of mercy. So friend, dust off those old journals you’ve tucked away in the back of your mind, and reflect on those pivotal moments where the fountains burst forth and the windows opened and the glory of God shone through for you.
Then, open a blank page, mark today’s date and time at the top, and get ready for a new one!