Do you have a plan for your life? Was this plan developed with God, before God, or did God reveal His plan to you? I am a life-long planner, dating back to 11 years old. God did not reveal His plan for my life at 11 years old, but there is no doubt in my mind that His hand guided MY planning.
“The LORD then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.” Genesis 7:1
Have you ever thought about Noah’s wife and how she felt when her husband said “pack our stuff up, we are moving into an ark!” Think about her daughters-in-laws. I love my in-laws, but I am pretty sure I would throw a gigantic, stomping fit if my husband told me I was moving into an ark. Was Noah’s wife independent? Head-strong? A planner? Noah’s wife and her daughter’s in law most definitely had plans: plans for children/grandbabies, plans for a new home, plans for the lives they had always envisioned themselves having. We don’t know how they reacted when Noah told them God’s plan. We know they obeyed in the end and had a lot of time to process His plan because the ark had to be built, and during this time they had to wait and trust the Lord. But think about their life and their plans right before God revealed His plan. These ladies had friends, a daily schedule, a life to live. Not only were they moving into an ark, they were planning for a whole new life and in the meantime being humiliated because none of their friends understood what was taking place. Think of what it would feel like to know everyone around you is scoffing at what you and your family are doing. At this point, these ladies did not have the Bible with countless examples of God’s love, grace, promises, or provisions for us. This happened in Genesis, in the beginning. Obeying was lonely then and can still be lonely now . These ladies didn’t know that God was going to give them a blessing AFTER the ark.
“Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” Genesis 9:16
Noah’s wife’s story is one of the first stories of obedience in Scripture. In general, the Old Testament is a long story of waiting and hoping and God’s people trying to obey but making countless mistakes along the way. In the end, God provided them with the ultimate blessing: His son. His Son would fulfill the law that they never could and His son would make a way for them to be reconciled and reunited with God. Noah’s wife was not perfect, Noah was not perfect, and their family was not perfect. But, they submitted to God’s plan and had faith in His promises to their family, which is why they were spared. It was hard, humiliating, and lonely, but she obeyed and was blessed.
“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.” Hebrews 11:7
“What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
“Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39
No matter what plans you are waiting to unfold, in the meantime remember that God loves you. HIS Word tells you this, and His word can be trusted. In the end, nothing matters but HIM. Friends, money, clothes, family, house, vacations are not the real plan. As the ultimate plan unfolds, the rejection and hardships will be replaced by His blessing and the grand finale: We will spend eternity in His presence.
Holly has been married to Nathan for 11 years in January and is mother to her most treasured blessings (God’s planning), Grayson and Emmy for 5 years. She is a clinical pharmacist at the VA Hospital. Holly and Nathan moved from Birmingham, Alabama to Louisville in 2009 and the Springdale community was revealed to them in January 2014. Holly LOVES reading, gardening, the beach/vacationing, movies, loving on friends, and just hanging out at home with her husband and twins. Holly work hard at standing strong daily on God’s grace and promises and is waiting for the next part of His plan.
*Noah’s wife is not named in Scripture but was named in historical writings of the Jewish tradition. The name given in those writings is Naamah but without a Biblical account we cannot be certain this was her actual name.