Do you ever have those days when you think you could perfectly identify with Noah? I mean, you may not have experienced the personal conversation with God that Noah enjoyed -- I know I certainly haven't. (Although I would like to -- I think it might make things a whole lot clearer!) But perhaps, like me, you have that Spiritual sense that has been talking to your soul for a few years now. It's telling you that things aren't exactly headed in a good direction, and that maybe we should be getting ready for something big; something that's going to rock our world.
PLW and I got that "message" in the fall of 2008. Since that time, we have quietly gone about our business, listening to that "still, small voice" inside our hearts and heads that guided us to a different mindset, lifestyle and image of what our future would hold. Here we are, five years later, and while that "voice" is getting louder for us, our fellow Americans are continuing hard and fast down the same ol' path. Is this what Noah felt like when he was spending all those years building the ark? After all, like us, I imagine he was mocked and called a "fear-monger" and "a conspiracy nut". As the years went by, Noah continued work on the vessel while the rest of the world continued to party and do evil. (Remember that Noah is 500 years old when he is first mentioned in the Bible, and 600 years old when he entered the ark; so somewhere within that 100 years, he began the construction of his sanctuary -- that's a long time to prepare while being ridiculed and made fun of!),
I know I'm just imagining that conversation taking place, but I can certainly identify with it. While PLW and I saw a flattening of the economy which affected our business, friends were taking vacations to Europe. As we have postponed upgrades to our home and property, others are building $3 million second homes in the latest celebrity "hotspot". While we forego indulgent or nonessential purchases in favor of items that will sustain us during a crisis situation, they are buying superficial and shallow objects to avoid staring the monster in the face. This observation does not come out of envy or jealousy; rather a very pointed realization that PLW and I have been set on a very diverse path.
At least Noah had a pretty good idea what was coming. We are proceeding out of sheer faith and an uncertainty of what's around the bend. It hasn't been easy, nor much fun, but like Noah, we stay focused on obeying God and continue to walk our often lonely path.
Because we don't have a crystal ball to know exactly when the bottom is going to drop out, we just keep putting one foot in front of the other. We just know that we're in a covenant with the One who has Power and Authority over our lives. But because He has also shown His Grace and Mercy to us, we fully trust Him with our lives and our future. Where He leads us, we will follow.
Once God brought His judgment upon the earth, Bible scholars speculate that Noah and his family survived on the ark for a little over a year. I have often thought what that must have been like -- cooped up on that floating shelter with all those animals, and living in tight quarters with family members; some of whom may not have completely bought into Noah's divinely-inspired project. What will our lives be like when the SHTF finally happens? What will it be like when God shuts us in our own personal arks during the chaos that is coming? And I oftentimes find myself wondering what life will be like post-crisis, post-collapse, or whatever our point of no return might be. Then, through all those years and prep time of building the ark, did Noah just wish God would bring it on, so he could begin rebuilding the lives of his family? Did he think the process of restoration had to be better than the constant tension and worry of waiting for the shoe to drop?
Or because he actually "walked and talked" with God, did he have a closer, more intimate relationship with his Maker, and was given more details about what to expect? Or perhaps he simply chose to believe God and obey His commands: warn your fellow man that judgment is coming and continue with the task I have given you. And because of that steadfast commitment, Noah "found favor with God." All I know is that I take great comfort in Noah's story and his covenant with God. He shows me that I must not question, keep moving forward, and trust that God will protect His faithful. I will continue to advise others to prepare, and above all else, to seek their own personal relationship with God. And just like Noah, we can ride out the coming storm and be delivered unto a better day.
Hebrews 11:7 "By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith."