Cut Noah some slack

6 Jan

My Bible reading plan this year is chronological.  I’m reading about Noah and his life has me thinking…

God saw how wicked people had become and He decided to wipe them out.  Noah found favor in the Lord’s eyes so he and his family were spared.  A lot of people harp on Noah calling him a drunkard.  Ok, come one.  Who hasn’t got drunk and passed out naked?  I mean, is that so bad, really?

The following is my assumption, (this is my disclaimer.)

Noah was the only one who walked with the Lord; I’m assuming he didn’t have any friends because who wants to be friends with the “goody 2 shoes?”  Could you imagine a life with no friends?  When he needed a break from his wife and kids, he had no one to hang out with, bummer.  God told Noah to build an ark, not a boat he could build in his garage behind closed doors.  Nope, that bad boy was 450 ft long, 74 ft wide and 45 ft high.  It was not hide able; it was very visible.  When things are public, people have opinions and they feel it’s their right to vocalize them.  (And when I say people and they, I mean me.)

Noah spent over 1 year on the ark.  Could you imagine?  This wasn’t some cruise ship with never ending buffets, nightly entertainment and a casino.  This was a wooden ark with only his family and a bunch of animals, and where there’s animals there’s poop.  Finally the waters receded.

I’m sure he wanted to get out the ark so badly but he waited on the Lord.   He waited till God told him to leave.  When he looked at his present situation he saw family members, that were probably on his last nerve by now, and crap, literally.  When he looked out the window he saw a new land waiting for him.  Present…crappy.  Future…new and exciting.  I don’t think I would blame him for getting out of the ark early.  But again, he waited on the Lord.

Are you waiting on the Lord right now?  Do you need something to change and you’re willing to do anything to make it change?  Psalm 46:10 says be still and know I’m God.  That doesn’t mean literally be still and do nothing.  Be still comes from a Hebrew word that means “let go.”  God wants us to let go.  When we let go and let God control, we submit to Him and when we do that we can fully enjoy the life He has for us.

Thanks for allowing me to share  my world with you…welcome to my brain.

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3 Responses to “Cut Noah some slack”

  1. Debbie Campanaro January 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    Amen!!

  2. Lisa January 21, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    Let go and let God…..Thank you, this was the message I needed to hear right now and God put your blog in my path. I feel like Noah…surrounded by crap and waiting on God. It will be fine.

    • ridiculouskatie January 21, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

      Me too Lisa! I wrote this over a year ago and you posting a comment caused me to re-read it. I needed to be reminded of this message again. I don’t know what your situation is but I’m praying for you. 🙂

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