Solid Gold

Martha and Jaime Amaro

READ : Genesis 6

. . . So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it . . . (vv. 14-15 NIV)

While making dinner one evening, I noticed my husband was sketching on the back of a pizza box. He was drawing the measurements of Noah’s ark to scale, so the Tzotzil Christians in a training course we were teaching could take them home and build themselves a model.

When we reached the end of the course a week later, a much excited pastor stood up in class and said in Spanish, “This is solid gold to me. I could never imagine what the ark that our Lord used to save Noah looked like!” He continued, “Everyone at church will be so excited to see it and have it.”

We sometimes tend to ignore the blessings in things that are closest and most familiar to us. Something that seems so simple to us may represent an exciting discovery for another. For me it may have seemed to be just another day of teaching a story from the Bible. But to that Tzotzil leader the lesson meant being able to understand a part of God’s Word and work first hand, for the first time.


Lord, fill us with your grace so that we may share your blessings with others. Amen.