And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Genesis 7:7
Noah was a righteous, obedient and God-fearing man so it is no surprise to me that his wife possessed these same qualities. The Bible does not tell us her name and she is only mentioned in the flood story five times. Genesis 6-8
But this no-named woman, wife of Noah had an impact on the new world.
Imagine being married to Noah. Would your faith be as strong as his was?
It’s a typical morning in the household of Noah and his family. Mrs. Noah prepares a warm hearty breakfast for her husband and three boys and sends them out the door to perform their daily chores. Hours later the men return and Noah says,
“Honey, God told me to build a boat. It’s going to flood.”
I can imagine the look on her face and the thoughts running through her head.
“Flood. I’ve never seen rain.” Genesis 2:5-6
Being the woman she is she pulls herself and her thought together looks directly at Noah and says,
“You better get to it.”
A gigantic boat the size of a two or three story building being built in your own yard would attract the attention of many on-lookers and no doubt stares and perhaps name-calling. His neighbors have labeled him as “crazy.” I’m sure he notices the crowds that have gathered to mock him and yet he warns them to turn from their wicked ways.
I can see the heartache on Mrs. Noah’s face as neighbors she once called friends have gathered to make fun of her husband. How painful that must have been for her to see. Putting her feelings aside she encourages Noah is in his efforts.
In Proverbs 31 we read the description of an ideal woman and I have no doubt Mrs. Noah is at the top of the list. Verse 25 says: she is clothed in dignity: she can laugh at the days to come.
“My husband is building a boat in the back yard because God is going to destroy the world for its corruption and evil ways, what is there not to laugh about?”
It was her positive attitude in the situation that allowed her to move forward.
Philippians 2:4-5 says: “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”
Mrs. Noah knew she could trust God. He had provided for her and her family in the past and this time would be no different.
- She did not ask for confirmation.
- She did not ask for a voice from above.
- She did not ask for a “banner in the sky” confirming the words spoken to her husband.
Her faith in God and the leadership of her husband led her family on a remarkable journey of new beginnings.
Read more on Mrs. Noah in our ‘Learning from Their Examples’ series:
Tonya Masoner is a part-time legal assistant and full-time school custodian. She enjoys thrift shopping, pizza Sunday’s and binge watching Netflix. She loves telling people-“God’s got a sense of humor… I don’t even drink coffee.” Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.
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