Mount St Helens is a mountain located in Skamania County in the state of Washington. It also happens to be an active volcano. On May 18, 1980, Mount St Helens erupted, resulting in the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic eruption in US history.
A few weeks before this eruption, Mount Saint Helens experienced a magnitude 4.2 earthquake, which served as a warning sign. A few days after the earthquake, steam began venting out of the top of the peak, serving as another warning sign. Authorities began communicating people should evacuate as a volcanic eruption was imminent. Some heeded the warnings and some didn’t.
In the days of Noah, there were warning signs about the impending flood – and everyone failed to heed the warnings (except for Noah and his family). And then it started to rain and the consequences for ignoring the warnings were felt with full impact.
This part of the story line was the focus of part 2 (Desperately Disappointing) of CCC’s Don’t Just Float series. Check it out in Genesis 7:1-8:22 and consider the next step questions about what can happen when we refuse to heed the warnings.
- What are some questions you have about the flood from the story of Noah from the Bible?
- What all would you include in the list of “when everything was ready”?
- How would you describe someone who is “righteous”?
- What was the purpose of taking a male and female of each animal? What does that say about God’s plan for restoring the earth?
- How does God closing the door of the boat show his protection of and provision for Noah?
- What do you think it means that God “remembered” Noah?
- What promises had God established with Noah?
- If you were in Noah’s place, how might you have felt when the dove returned with an olive branch?
- What do you see as the significance that Noah waited to leave the boat until God released him?
- What might have been your first thought or action leaving the boat if you were Noah?
- Why do you think Noah built an altar and sacrificed to God?
- What do you think it means that God was pleased with the sacrifice?
- In what ways can you please God?
- What next steps will you take to identify and establish your starting point?
Surrounding every natural disaster, there are commonly warning signs that take place – and there are always people who heed the warnings and always people who don’t. It was true in Noah’s day and it’s still true today. And this isn’t just true about natural disasters – it’s true about life and decisions and relationship with God.
Today is Monday – make it a day you identify and establish God as your starting point!