How did you first react when you were told you’d need to create social distance and stay home with only your family to keep you company for two or more weeks? What if you had to go into isolation for a year? With your family and a zoo of animals? What would be your response?
Welcome to the life of Noah’s wife. In today’s episode of All God’s Women we focus in on Mrs. Noah, an unnamed woman who truly understood the meaning of social distancing and living in isolation.
Mrs. Noah – A Life Lived in Quarantine
Can you imagine if your husband came home one afternoon and announced that he’d been talking to God and God told him there was going to be a great flood, so he needed to start building a giant boat to get ready for the flood? Oh, and by the way, at least two of every species of animal will be joining us in the boat.
I’m pretty sure the words “Are you insane?” would have instinctively poured forth from my mouth. This came out of nowhere. Mrs. Noah had no advance warning that this was coming. She wasn’t prepared for such a dramatic announcement, and yet, the Bible says nothing about her reaction. We can assume, then, that she kept her thoughts to herself and supported her husband even if she secretly wondered about his sanity.
Mrs. Noah remained faithful to her husband day in and day out as he gathered supplies and constructed the ark. When the neighbor ladies whispered behind her back and mocked her to her face, she stood firm. Inside, her heart may have pounded with fear, but she wasn’t letting on to the rest of the world. Was this all a waste of time? Did God really intend to destroy His creation? Maybe it was a misunderstanding. Regardless, her husband had faith, so she did too.
Can you imagine when the time came, when the ark was complete, and the animals started lining up in front of the door? I’d be a little freaked out. And imagine what the neighbors were thinking. But seeing those animals parading to the ark would give me a little more confidence that this was real, that God was getting ready for something major.
Then, would come new fears. Were they seriously going to have to hunker down with all those beasts? What if fights broke out between the animals? What if they tried to attack the family? And how could they possibly feed, care for, and clean up after all those critters? Because you know whose job that was. How could Mrs. Noah handle all that? Not to mention having to feed and care for the family as well. Again, Mrs. Noah kept her fears to herself. She followed along behind Noah and her sons and their wives, and entered into the ark with the wildlife.
I have a plaque in my kitchen that says, “If Mama ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy.” Noah’s wife set the tone for the atmosphere in the ark. I tend to overeact when I’m afraid. I panic and take it out on everyone around me. Mrs. Noah did not allow her fears to consume her. She kept her head and kept a calm during their time of encampment. Despite losing everything they’d owned, all their friends, and the only life they’d ever known, she remained strong inside the ark, focusing on the needs of those around her instead of getting caught up in her own selfish fears.
And when the rains ended and the floods subsided, she fearlessly exited the ark and embarked on a new life with her husband and family, trusting God to continue to take care of them through life’s storms.
How are you handling these uncertain times we’re experiencing? Are you living in fear, focusing on the whys and the what ifs, or are you walking in faith, trusting that God will see you through this present storm just as He’s done so many times in the past? Are you complaining about your situation or are you making the most of it? Are you wasting your time or making the most of your time? Are you blaming God or praising God?
The first thing Noah’s family did upon exiting the ark was to build an altar and worship God. What about you? Once you resume your life of work and school and coming and going, will you remember who saw you through the storm? Will you praise God or will you forget Him? The choice is yours. Choose wisely.
Lord God, we come to you with many questions. We don’t understand all that is going on, and we certainly don’t know what the future holds. But we know that you are in control. As we hunker down in our homes, watch over us. Just as you provided the olive branch as encouragement to Noah’s family, send us hope and reminders that we won’t be stuck inside forever. Thank you for always providing for us, even when Your ways may be different than our ways. Guide and direct us as we set the tone for our family atmosphere. May we be peaceful and joyful in all circumstances. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
That concludes today’s episode of All God’s Women. Tune in next week when we talk about Sarah, a woman who let fear dictate her decisions.
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