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Embracing the storm … today we seem to live through storms twice, once through the media build-up – Storm Ciara is coming, Storm Denis is coming – and then its a guessing game as to whether the storm will match up to the hype or not.
Noah lived in a day before there was any media to tell him a storm was coming. Somehow his God had communicated with him that a storm was coming, something never seen before. He had understood that he needed to build a boat, as had never been seen in his neighbourhood. So the boat was built and his neighbours probably had thought him insane as there was no sea for miles and not a cloud to be seen.
The storm came and the boat that seemed like the work of a crazy man floated. Noah, his family and all the animals were saved, because Noah was willing to be different, willing to take a risk. He was not necessarily a man of good reputation, probably considered mad by his neighbours, and then, when it was all over, he got paralytically drunk and naked. And what does the Bible say about him in Gen 9 v1? ‘Noah was a just man, perfect in his generation.’
Maybe Noah’s example of being an imperfect person willing to do what needs to be done is what we need today. To face up to the storms of today: the rise of food poverty, the homelessness, the trafficking of humans and so on. Are we willing to do the seemingly crazy thing to make a difference?
Jeanette Sheldrick, Community Development Worker, Salvation Army Community Church, Oban.