Thursday, October 2, 2008

Noah - Weight Watchers 101

Genesis 7:19-24 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet. Every living thing that moved on the earth perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark. The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.

I love my job. I have the opportunity to meet all different types of people from all different walks of life. I speak to people in companies about Weight Watchers. I try to encourage them along their weight-loss journey. I have met some truly sweet people. However, many of them do not believe in Jesus. They don't go to church, they don't read the Bible, they don't think about how important it is to know Jesus. Even though I don't share the commonality of Christianity with some of my members, I enjoy their company and being around them.

What if all the people that you knew, that you see on a daily basis - were suddenly gone? Your mailman? Your favorite server at your lunchtime restaurant? Your boss? Your co-workers? Your friends from high school and college? Your grocery store clerk? Your doctor? People that you interact with on a daily basis, but not people you go to church with or worship together. Would you miss them? Of course you would.

Noah may have been at the top of the ark looking out when the floods came, but I would venture a guess to say that when he started to hear the screams, he headed down to the center of the ark where only the moos of the cows and the roars of the lions could be heard. If Noah was the righteous man that God called him (which we know he was or God wouldn't have said it) he had to be torn with grief over the loss of these people. These were people he talked to every day. His neighbors, his fellow hunters, his school classmates. To walk out to the top of the ark and see that it was completely gone - nothing but water - must have been devastating.

We forget that Noah had to go through the turmoil of losing everyone around him (except his family). Do we ever stop to consider who we may never see again if Jesus decides to come back tomorrow? Are we willing to do everything we can to prevent that?

2 wonderful insights:

Kay Martin said...

What a ministry you must do in your work with Weight Watchers. Yes, the loss and grief of those who don't embrace Jesus Christ is sad and real.

Now, I can manage the pain better since I know only God saves His people. I witness naturally and when an opportunity opens I respectfully open up to anyone, but the sovereignty of God keeps me at peace.

Noah was sad, but he was tormented, heckled and told what an idiot he was as he sweated and worked for all those years building the ark. Not that he took joy that the very ones making fun of him and God were dealt with in God's justice, but he knew God's word and the fulfillment of God's word confirmed even more the wonder of God.

sailorcross said...

Oh, I am feeling that way right now! The sadness that has overcome me the past week regarding my family--knowing that they have alienated me because of my love for the Lord.

But,God has shown me the way--and I will continue to pray for them--that is the only thing I can do.

And, I am also on a weight loss journey!! How fitting that I stopped by this morning before I left for work--I'll be back later to read the rest of your posts. I've been down and out for a few days!!

Beth


Kay--if you read this--I have seen that you have left a comment on my blog. I'd love to stop by and meet you!! Please e-mail me so that I can--bharte1113@comcast.net

Beth