If you live near Harrison, Ohio, and you are a momma looking for some good fellowship, consider Lifespring Christian Church’s MOMS group. “Our group is open to new and experienced moms, stay at home and working moms. Whatever your story, you fit with us! Each get together is a time to relax, enjoy the company of other moms, and be filled with coffee and goodies, devotions, prayer, and a craft or activity. We meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 10am-Noon in the youth room. A yearly fee covers all expenses, and childcare is provided. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-633-8349 with any questions.”
I had the privilege of writing a guest post for the MOMS Newsletter this month. We are learning about parents in the Bible and how we can use their examples with our own children. Here is my take on Noah…
From the very beginning of being a parent, there are so many decisions to make. How to feed the baby, where the baby will sleep, how to decorate the baby’s room, and so on.
One thing that always strikes me as odd is the “Noah’s Ark” nursery decor that is ever popular. I understand that children love animals and boats, but the story of Noah and the ark is far from “kid-friendly.” It’s actually really brutal. Everyone except Noah and his family, were living in opposition to God, with hearts full of evil. The Bible says that God regretted making man. It was that bad. (Genesis 6:5-6)
Basically, God decided to wipe out all people on Earth with a flood, but He offered Noah, along with his wife, his sons, and his daughters-in-law, salvation in return for their faithfulness in carrying out His plan. He told them to build the ark and care for a pair of each kind of animal on Earth.
We’ve heard the story so many times and viewed it portrayed in countless cute ways, so I think the depth of the tragedy and the challenge is somewhat lost on us.
Despite being the only followers of God left on Earth, Noah and his family followed the call to build an ark, when it had never even rained. Can you imagine how much manual labor Noah did? There weren’t saw mills, machinery, or cranes back then. There were no semis to haul in prepared wood. Noah built that ark by hand. Furthermore, he continued to work while everyone mocked him. Not one person outside of his family understood or affirmed Noah’s choices. What he was doing really didn’t make sense by human standards, but Noah was faithful.
As a parent making one million decisions required for raising up a child, I keep looking to the Lord, trying to take Noah’s example. My husband and I have felt convicted to make several parenting decisions that go against mainstream “wisdom,” because we want to lead our child to Christ, not to worldly success.
Parenting in ways we believe will please the Lord is not always easy for me, because I struggle with being a people pleaser. Our convictions don’t always make sense according to human standards, so we have been mocked at times. In no way am I saying that our challenge is as great as Noah’s, but the concepts of faithfulness to God’s plans for our lives are the same. Even when it means more work and less acceptance from society, the rewards for following after God as a parent far outweigh the challenges. It means my son will get to know God and have the opportunity to choose salvation in Christ. What more could I ask for as a mother than the guarantee that no matter what happens in this life, my children will be with God for eternity?
The decisions we make for our children matter. Whether or not you use “Noah’s Ark” decor in the baby’s nursery, be sure to follow Noah’s example in matters of eternal significance. By listening to God, ignoring the mockers, and upholding his promises to the LORD, Noah led his family to salvation from physical death. In following his example, we can lay the foundation for our children to choose salvation from spiritual death.
Read Noah’s story of faith here, in Genesis 6