Sunday Scriptures — The Opened Door

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

How do you think Noah and his family felt when they finally walked through the opened door that led to dry land after spending over a year together in a boat?

Last week I pondered what Noah’s wife might have thought as she floated over the waters that destroyed the world she knew. I imagine she had a lot of questions. And possibly a lot of fears. Maybe even some tears.

Perhaps her faith in Yahweh Jehovah God was tested to its limits. Maybe it wavered a little. Who knows?

When the dove returned with the olive twig, there might have been hope. When the dove didn’t return the last time, there might have been hope tinged with the fear of the unknown. What would she find when she stepped outside the safety of what had been her floating world?

The boat was Noah’s family’s world for over a year. By now, things had settled into a routine. There was hope it would all end well. Someday. They just didn’t know when, or how.

Then when God opened the door and said, “Come on out!” I imagine there was a mix of emotions, don’t you?

Their world was no longer the same. Their home was gone. Their friends were gone. Everything familiar was gone. The earth no longer smelled or sounded the same. It had changed. And so had they.

Their faith was tested like never before.

I imagine there was excitement and gratefulness mixed with uncertainty. Gratefulness for God’s sovereign protection, and his faithfulness to his promise to protect them. Uncertainty of what to do next.

Our world may get rocked. Familiar things may be torn from us. The place we find ourselves may not be what we imagined, but if we wait upon the Lord, just like he did with Noah and his family, God will lead us through the opened the door and say, “Come on out!”.

When we think about the seasons in our life when our faith was tested, what could we say about the impact those times had on us? Did they draw us closer to God, or push us further away? Were there moments of hope mixed with uncertainty as we waited for God to show us through his opened door?

How would you describe those times in your life?

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And Jehovah was pleased with the sacrifice and said to himself, “I will never do it again—I will never again curse the earth, destroying all living things, even though man’s bent is always toward evil from his earliest youth, and even though he does such wicked things. As long as the earth remains, there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.” Genesis 8:21-22 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Noah’s Wife

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

While reading the account of the flood in Genesis 8 recently, I spent time pondering how Noah’s wife might have felt during the whole event.

At the beginning of the chapter it says God didn’t forget about Noah and all the animals in the boat, and 150 days after it rained for forty days and forty nights, the boat came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat. Three months later, the waters continued to go down. After another forty days, Noah opened a porthole and released a raven and a dove to search out dry land. The dove returned. The raven didn’t.

Again Noah released the dove one week later, and another week after that. Twenty-nine days after that, Noah opened the door to look and the water was gone.

Eight more weeks went by. Then at last the earth was dry, and God told Noah, “You may all go out.”

Okay. Did you do the math? For over a year Noah, his wife, three sons and three daughter-in-laws, plus countless smelly, stinky, noisy, animals of all kinds lived together on a gigantic boat as water destroyed everything they’d ever known.

It was the end of the world as they knew it, and I doubt they felt fine.

Can you imagine it? I’m not sure I can. They never experienced rain before, much less flood. Now, here they were on a boat hoping it stayed afloat, trying to go about their everyday lives as if nothing epic was happening.

Did Noah’s wife wonder if they brought enough food? Did she wonder how she would keep the clothes clean? What about taking care of the animals? And the water! Did you ever see such a sight? Let’s hope she and the daughter-in-laws had good relationships.

Oy, vey.

Do you think she wondered if they’d ever get off the boat? Do you think she wondered what their new lives would be like? After all, it was just the six of them now. Do you think she ever questioned God? Or questioned Noah?

Do you think when the dove returned the first time with no evidence of land, she felt disappointed? Maybe even distraught. Possibly depressed. Or do you think she took it all in stride, got out her broom and swept the deck … again. What about the second time the dove returned?

What would we have done? I guess to answer that we can look at our lives and what  we do when our expectations aren’t met. When our hopes are dashed. Our dreams go unfulfilled. How do we react?

Looking at how we deal with the events of our life might give us insight as to how we might have dealt with the flood if we’d been Noah’s wife. Probably not many of us have dealt with anything as historic, but we’ve got to be faithful in the little things to be faithful in the big things, right?

So what do you think? Would you have been a happy boater or not?

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Then God told Noah, “You may all go out. Release all the animals, birds, and reptiles, so that they will breed abundantly and reproduce in great numbers.” So the boat was soon empty. Noah, his wife, and his sons and their wives all disembarked, along with all the animals, reptiles, and birds—all left the ark in pairs and groups. Genesis 8:15-19 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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