From new painter Alicia Alexander:
Our second week on talking about Noah, we revealed a new focus, that should have been obvious–God. The first week, we saw God using water for destruction, as a justice to a sinful world. Now we see water as cleansing, as hopeful, as a means for reflecting His great bow in the sky. It was not only for us he sent the rainbow, but for Himself, to remind Himself of His promise to never again flood the world as He did so long ago. Not for us did He even make the promise. He knew we would remiss back into a world of sin not five minutes after His preserved creations stepped back onto dry land. Not for Noah did He command him to build the ark. He was certainly not perfect, or savior, or almighty . . . but simply one of God’s instruments. When waves come crashing, remember God has promised–He will not destroy those who are His. The dove leads us out into dry land; into hope, redemption, and the most beautiful, ridiculous, undeserved, complete, unconditional love there is.