As I read the account of Noah and his family, trying to find something that sticks out in the story that I can grasp onto in writing on his wife, a million thoughts run through my head. To the outside person looking into the complexity of my mind, my thought process would look nothing short of an impossible labyrinth of random turns and pointless detours. Let me also say this is due to nature of my over-analytical thinking and detail oriented thought patterns. I come up with some of the most random rabbit-trailing thoughts; getting lost in even the most minute details. Like:
- Was Noah at 600 years old the equivalent to a 60 year old today?
- How strange was it for them after the flood to witness the aging process increase to hyper speed?
- What was it like to be married to the only righteous man on the planet?
- Did the world look different from what it had before it rained?
Trust me, this list can go on for days! My mind doesn’t have an off switch apparently, and it makes studying the historical accounts quite a daunting task. But SERIOUSLY!!! The Bible is fascinating if you pay attention to the details.
However, there is one thought so dominant that I’d most like to ask dear Mrs. Noah.
What was it like starting over fresh?
As the wife of the only righteous man on the planet, I’ve gotta believe she had a hand in that. Everyone knows the saying, “Behind every good man is a good woman.” I also believe that as a wife and mother, it must’ve been devastating to see the world for what it was, prior to God’s decision for a massive do-over. To be the only family left that worshipped God. How do you cling to a hope that things really will get better? Especially when you’ve been hearing it for 120 years as your husband, who’s earned the title of “town loon,” is building a boat in your backyard, miles away from any body of water, because the Lord told him it’d be their salvation?
I’ve been waiting on certain promises from God for a teeny fraction of that and have to confess, 5 years in and it gets harder to cling to that hope. Cling, I do. Just sayin, it ain’t easy and I don’t know how well I’d hold up 100 years in! (I commend you, Mrs. Noah!)
So, I have to wonder what that new beginning looks like. The beginning of everything! A new world. Another shot at humanity. New climates and transitioning seasons. Eating meat!!! (Thank you, Lord for meat!) To go from things being so dark and evil, to a new world full of promise and purpose, had to be invigorating! Obviously it didn’t last long before humanity screwed it up again, but for a moment, just a moment, I imagine they got to experience the closest thing to Heaven since before the fall of man and not only that, they got to share it with their family.
As a wife and mother, I look at the world today, and I wonder if the grief I feel is anything like Mrs. Noah’s. The rapid decline of value of human life and morals. However, it can also be said that we’re not as bad off as those in the days of Noah, YET. After all, there’s more than just one righteous man left on the planet, and unlike the days of Noah, that number will continue to increase until the return of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Even at that, the truth of it is the condition of our world isn’t going to get better. Seriously, read the Bible! It’s going to get worse, 🎶 “the bible tells me so.” 🎶
““When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day.” Matthew 24:37
The last and greatest beginning there will ever be. An eternal beginning. I’m looking forward to sharing that with my “family.”
I may be part of that “crazy family,” who by all appearances is wasting time “building a boat” on dry ground, but I’m going to purpose to position myself to be ready when it starts raining.
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Heather Whidden loves Jesus, is married to her best friend and is mother of 3 blessings. She is a professional photographer and has a heart for ministry. She loves spending time with her family and friends, writing, reading, and traveling. Time and people is what she values most. You can read more about her here.