Saturday, September 27, 2008

Noah - Singing in the Rain

Genesis 7:6-7 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood.

I wonder how long it had been since Noah had completed his task when the rain started. Was it like when we finish cleaning our house and we sit down to turn the TV on to relax and the phone rings? I wonder if he had just asked his wife to go ahead and fix dinner - that he was finally done - and then it started to rain. . .

Six hundred years old!! While the life expectancy was much higher in those days due to the atmosphere and way of life and such - still, the effects of gravity had to have their toll. The process of aging today was probably similar, it just took longer in Noah's time. I wonder how many times he had to stop and go to the bathroom in the middle of hammering some wood? Did he have to grab his reading glasses to finish looking at the blueprints? Did his hands swell in the morning from all the extra work he was doing with his fingers?

Not once does it mention that Noah complained. Some of us refuse to begin exercising because when we get up in the morning we'll be sore - More sore than chopping down tree after tree after tree of cypress wood? We grumble about cleaning the bathroom because it's so dirty and you have to really get in there and scrub - More dirty than coating an entire structure inside and out with tar? I read a blog the other day where they talked about being joyful in your work. Praising God while you sweat - so to speak.

How can we possibly look at Noah, study his life, see what he did with rejection from his peers for what took YEARS to accomplish and ever think our job is so tough? Do not let age deter us from the work God is calling us to do. He will never give us more than we can handle - and He will never leave us or forsake us - so what's our excuse now?

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Chatty Kelly said...

Hi Dorothy. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

I loved this post you've done. I wrote something similar a while back ("Faith Like Noah"). He really is someone we can learn from. He just obeyed - no questions asked.

Have a great week!

sailorcross said...

Hi Dorothy!

I'm loving this Noah series you're doing! Thanks for pointing out that NO job is TOO tough--when God calls us to it, He'll give us the strength to finish it!


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Mariel said...

Amen! You are never too old OR too 8 year old will share Jesus with any unsuspecting soul! I always remind him to not let them look down on him because of his age...whether he is 8 or 88..or in Noah's case 600!!