Off to the “Promise” Land

Every once in a while, my wife and I take off on a trip somewhere.  Today is one of those times.  We are joining a few friends in a little jaunt to Kentucky to visit the Ark Encounter.  It is a place to remember a story of destruction, a story of rescue, and a story that involves a promise.

As we leave today, we are once again hearing reports on the news about rising waters on the Mississippi River.  However, even though we still experience floods in this world, the story of the global Flood told in the Bible ends with a sign that symbolizes God’s promise to never send a worldwide flood ever again.  That sign was the rainbow.

I know that we will not see a rainbow when we visit the Ark Encounter.  The forecast is for nothing but sun and a temperature of 96 degrees….Ouch!  However, on the Ark Encounter’s Facebook page, you can find this stunning picture that was recently taken showing the Ark and a rainbow.

Ark Encounter with rainbow
Ark Encounter

There were 8 people aboard the Ark according to Scriptures.  That included Noah, his three sons, and the four wives of these men.  Since every other person perished in that Flood, that would mean that everyone all over the world would be descendants of Noah and his wife.  I am certain, though, that despite the fact that we have many resources in our research library to study genealogies, we cannot determine if someone came from Shem, Ham, or Japheth, the three sons of Noah.  I will interject here that we are not told what the names of the wives were, and therefore, we do not know their maiden names.  In other words, despite our abilities at helping people find their roots, there are limits to what we can do.  Sorry about that.

So why am I telling you this?  It is because I will be out of the blogging business for the next few days.  In fact, on this trip, I will not even be taking my laptop with me.  I plan to be back to writing stories for Friday.

In closing, I would like to share a photograph that I love.  Back in July, a neighbor of mine took this photo which shows a rather impressive rainbow that occurred here in Altenburg.  The “end of the rainbow” is right over our house in this photo.  I consider myself to be very blessed.

Rainbow over Schmidt house 7-28-19

I am promising you that, God-willing, I will return to my story writing by Friday.  Gotta go.

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