“Think Bigger.” Last month I obeyed the ads and finally was able to visit the Ark Encounter theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky.
At the center of the park, of course, is a life-size Noah’s Ark, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible.
And it is BIG.
According to the Ark Encounter website, the ark is “the largest timber frame structure in the world, built from standing dead timber.”
I had anticipated this visit a long time, and I expected the ark to overwhelm me at first sighting. But it didn’t.
Yes, it is impressive. And did I say it’s BIG? The closer you get, the more you know that.
The “doableness” of the ark.
Building it, stocking it, filling it, living in it—all doable! The three decks inside show you how.
From how the animals were housed, to living quarters for Noah and his family, even to how waste could have been disposed of—doable.
I’ve always believed it. But now I can visualize it. And I was reminded of this verse in 2 Corinthians:
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.” 2 Cor 1:20 NIV
One of my favorite exhibits inside the Ark Encounter ark is Noah talking to visitors and answering questions. He’s animatronic, not an actor, but so realistic that was hard to remember.
Another area reminds visitors that God himself is the one who shut the door to the ark after everyone was in, and that just as the ark served as the door to safety from the destruction of the flood, Jesus is our door to eternal life with God.
If you have the opportunity, visit the Ark Encounter, and take your children! Older kids and teens can enjoy many of the exhibits inside; with younger ones you’ll probably need to keep moving and pass up taking in all the information that’s available.
But that just means you’ll want to go back again.