The Lessons Of Kindergarten And Noah’s Ark

I’m sure most everyone is familiar with Robert Fulghum’s 1990 book, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” In it, Fulghum says that the wisdom we glean about how to live, what to do and how to be is not found at the top of any graduate school mountain. It’s in kindergarten where we are taught: to play fair, not to hit people, to put things back where we found them, to clean up our own mess, to not take things that aren’t ours, to say we’re sorry when we’ve hurt somebody, to wash our hands before we eat and to flush. It’s in kindergarten where we learn that warm cookies and cold milk are good for us, where we draw and paint and sing and dance and get to take a nap every afternoon. It’s also where we learn that if we’re going to go out into the world, we have to watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.

What great concepts to live by at any age!

My Life Group Bible Study is currently reading and discussing, “If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat,” by John Ortberg. This book is based on Matthew 14:25-32 – the story of Jesus walking on water in the midst of a terrible storm. Peter is in the boat with the rest of the disciples when they see Jesus and think it’s a ghost. Peter calls out, “Lord, if it’s you, command me to come to you on the water.” Jesus says, “Come,” and Peter does. He’s walking on water, too, until he notices the strong winds and the crashing waves. He becomes frightened and starts to sink. “Lord, save me,” he calls out. Jesus reaches for his hand and catches him and says, “You of Little Faith, why did you doubt?”

Just before we met at our house last week, I received something by e-mail that I shared with the group. I don’t know this author, but it’s along the lines of what Robert Fulghum said about kindergarten and ties in nicely with the fact that Peter may have been the first one out of the boat, but Jesus’ invitation to walk on water is for all of us when our walking on water means facing our fears through the storms that rip through our lives.

And the storms are legion. Among them — sin, sickness, war, accidents.

These words are titled, “Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from Noah’s Ark.” They are:

1. Don’t miss the boat
2. Remember – we are all in the same boat
3. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark
4. Stay fit. When you’re 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big
5. Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done
6. Build your future on high ground
7. For safety’s sake, travel in pairs
8. Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs
9. When you’re stressed, float a while
10. Remember, the ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals
11. No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow
12. Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if you’re not willing to move your feet

Once again – what great concepts to live by!

May your storms be few!

Until Soon