First off, I’m a Christian and a scientist and I believe that God created the world as the Bible describes, but are there mysteries to me and questions that I still struggle with? Yes.
Do I worry that there are people out there who will automatically discredit my intelligence because I say that I’m a Christian and a scientist (pharmacists are scientists right)? Sadly, yes.
But I don’t care.
So my family went on a quick getaway to visit the Creation Museum & Ark Encounter in Kentucky. If you’re going to go all the way out there to see one of these places, you pretty much have to go and see the other as well 🙂
From formal presentations to a planetarium… From an indoor Garden of Eden exhibit to a walk through history from creation to present-day… There’s so much to see and do, and as it turned out, we did need the 2-day pass that was recommended!
Here’s What I Learned:
- God told Noah to take 2 of every “kind”, not specie, of animal onto the Ark (at the Creation Museum, they had on display hundreds of different animal “kinds”, again, not just species, that were probably on the Ark).
- The animals chosen were young, not full-grown adults, making it more practical to house them; the young animals would also be capable of reproduction after the flood.
- There were 3 levels in the Ark. The different levels were for different animals and the upper deck for Noah and his family.
- God told Noah to put “rooms” in the Ark. This could mean that the livestock were housed in room/cages and not just all squashed in the middle of the Ark.
- There was only one door into the Ark. Just like there is only one “Way” to heaven. This was symbolic.
- Noah’s wife’s name could have been Emzara based on historical literature but it is not stated in the Bible so we don’t know for sure.
- Noah built the equivalent of a cargo ship all by himself, with direction from God.
- One biblical cubit is equal to 20.4 inches.
- It was very probable that Noah and his family grew crops on the Ark.
- Noah and his family were vegetarians till after the flood when God sanctioned the consumption of animals… Sorry PETA…
- No fish or sea creatures needed to be on the Ark… You can probably guess why…
- The world has turned this miracle into a fairytale, but in actuality, it is a factual historical event that occurred.
- Wilmington, Kentucky was picked as the location because it is about a 6-8 hour road trip for 3/4 of the US population.
- No tax dollars were spent on the construction of the Ark replica.
- All the timber used to build the Ark replica in Kentucky came from the state of Colorado.
- This replica of the Ark is currently the largest freestanding timber structure in the world.
Both these venues/theme parks were great to visit. A nice combination of education, inspiration, and adventure… We got to walk through a botanical garden, go zip-lining, and went on a riverboat dinner cruise.
What I’m Working On Now
My job search still, of course, but also, I found a pile of books I bought a while ago that had somehow gotten lost in the shuffle and decided to start reading them, I figured there was a reason I bought them in the first place.
I thought I’d start with a nice easy one that looked simple enough to get through. It’s called Jumpstart Your Priorities ~ A 90-Day Improvement Plan by John C. Maxwell and because I’m embarking on this new job search for a PBM pharmacist position, I thought this would be the perfect time to read this book.
What I initially thought was going to be a nice, fluffy, feel-good traipse through my feelings is turning out to be a very eye-opening and revealing exercise in self-assessment, and I’m finding that I have a LOT of work to do on myself.
I didn’t think I was perfect, but my goodness, I didn’t realize I needed to do this much work on myself! But I’m all good with it, because I think I’m going to be a better person for it at the end of the 90 days.
I’m only Day 3 so far and this was the quote from today’s reading:
Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. ~ John Wooden
I need to keep this mind as I go through this job hunting process because it’s possible that at the end of the day I might not get my desired outcome, so knowing early on that if I make the best of the way things turn out then things will turn out for my best… I can find some consolation in that and not be devastated down the line.