I have the greatest respect for Mrs. Noah. Although we never learn her name and she’s only mentioned in a few verses, I can only imagine how afraid she must have been, and yet the Bible doesn’t record her fears. All that’s mentioned is her fearlessness.
Can you imagine if your husband came home one afternoon and announced that he’d been talking to God and God told him there was going to be a great flood, so he needed to start building a giant boat to get ready for the flood? Oh, and by the way, at least two of every species of animal will be joining us in the boat. I’m pretty sure the words “Are you insane?” might have instinctively poured forth from my mouth. This came out of nowhere. She wasn’t prepared for such a dramatic announcement, and yet, the Bible says nothing about her reaction. We can assume, then, that she kept her thoughts to herself and supported her husband even if she secretly wondered about his sanity.
Mrs. Noah remained faithful to her husband day in and day out as he gathered supplies and constructed the ark. When the neighbor ladies whispered behind her back and mocked her to her face, she stood firm. Inside, her heart may have pounded with fear, but she wasn’t letting on to the rest of the world. Was this all a waste of time? Did God really intend to destroy His creation? Maybe it was all a big misunderstanding. Regardless, her husband had faith, so she did too.
On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark.Genesis 7:13
Can you imagine when the time came, when the ark was complete, and the animals just started lining up in front of the door? Seeing that would give me a little more confidence that this was real, that God was getting ready for something major. But then, would come new fears. Were they seriously going to have to hunker down with all those beasts? What if fights break out between the animals? What if the they try to attack the family? And how will they feed, care for, and clean up after the critters? Because you know whose job that will end up being. How could she possible handle all that? Not to mention having to feed and care for the family as well. Again, Mrs. Noah kept her fears to herself, and when the rain began pouring from the sky, she followed along behind Noah and her sons and their wives, and entered into the ark with the wildlife.
I have a plaque in my kitchen that says, “If Mama ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy.” Noah’s wife set the tone for the atmosphere of the home. I tend to overeact when I’m afraid. I panic and take it out on everyone around me. Mrs. Noah did not allow her fears to consume her. She kept her head and kept a calm during their time of encampment. Despite losing everything they’d owned, all their friends, and the only life they’d ever known, she remained strong inside the ark, focusing on the needs of those around her instead of getting caught up in her own selfish fears.
And when the rains ended and the floods subsided, she fearlessly exited the ark and embarked on a new life with her husband and family, trusting God to continue to take care of them through life’s storms.
Lord God, we come to you today thankful for your grace and loving kindness. Thank you for always providing for us, even when Your ways may be different than our ways. Please help each of us to be supportive of our husbands, allowing them to serve as God calls them. Guide and direct us as we set the tone for our family atmosphere. May we be peaceful and joyful despite the circumstances. In Jesus’ name. Amen.