April 28 - Prayer - Verses - Questions
I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for Noah and his family. Not just the time locked away without fresh air and all those animals, but I think about how they had to grieve when they heard their friends and family banging on the doors of the ark to get in once the rain started to fall. They had never experienced rain before, and it had to be scary to them. Then as the water rose and the banging on the doors became screams for help and sounds of clawing to try to climb up the side of the ark to get in. I can’t imagine the emotional turmoil they suffered listening as the sound became faint and then disappeared completely.
Did they get angry with Noah? Did they blame You? Did they try to open the doors at first but found God had it shut tight? We never really talk about what they went through, but I can’t imagine how difficult it was, but like all the difficult days, it was necessary for Your plan to be accomplished.
I think about once the silence settled in and they began a routine of feeding the animals, cooking food, and trying to find a new normal inside this boat filled with animals and just a handful of people. As we experienced during COVID, many times it brings out the worst in us when our normal is shifted so drastically, and I’m sure they were no different. We all seem to not extend our best selves to those closest to us. I know that is something I am guilty of, and I’m sure I’m not alone. I have less patience with family at times and I really don’t understand why. All I can do is ask You to forgive me and help me to be a better daughter, sister, wife, mom and friend.
In Jesus’ name.