Monday, February 7, 2011

Build an Ark

I'm a pretty lucky person when it comes to my job in the church.  I get to teach ages 3-11 year old children music each week and I LOVE it.  I love watching them try to "out sing" each other, coming up with new actions to memorize a song, just everything in general.

Sunday morning before church I was on lds.org and came across a song that I absolutely knew the children needed to learn.  Click HERE for the sheet music and HERE to listen to it.  If you're too lazy to click, here are the words...

Noah was a prophet, a man who did not fear.
When he taught repentance the people would not hear.
So the Lord told him to build a boat that could hold a ton and stay afloat.
Then Noah started building and said within his heart:

I will build an ark before it starts to rain.
I will follow the Lord and do all things in his name.
I'll prepare every needful thing. I will walk in righteous ways.
When the rain starts to fall on me, I'll be ready for that day.

I can be like Noah.  Yes, I can be prepared.
I can build my ark, and I'll find safe shelter there.
I can do the things I know are right.  I can learn and pray with all my might.
And then when storm clouds come, I'll be safe within my ark.

I will build my ark before it starts to rain.
I will follow the prophet, for he speaks in God's name.
I'll prepare every needful thing.  I will walk in righteous ways.
When the rain starts to fall on me, I'll be ready for that day.

I've been concentrating on these words all day and couldn't help but look back on my life and the building of my own ark.  I was blessed with parents who loved me and leaders and friends who helped prepare my ark for my own floods, and there have been many.  I am humbled as I think about helping my own children prepare their own arks for their rains and hope and pray that I can do as the Lord has asked me and be an example to them.

4 comments:

Higleys said...

Good Post!

hdknowles said...

That's a great song and the kids will love it, but the meaning behind it is even better - thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Denise said...

I can see you up there. I bet you are an amazing music leader! I love the song too.

Susan said...

That's such a pretty song. I play the piano for jr primary. I'm going to see if we can learn it too.