Plan Ahead (Noah’s Ark Wisdom Part 3)

Plan Ahead (Noah’s Ark Wisdom Part 3)

Everything you ever need to know, can be learned from Noah’s ark…

1. Don’t miss the boat.
2. Remember that we are all in the same boat.
3. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.

Have you seen Evan Almighty? In the movie, Evan is asked by “God” to build an ark. Evan resists at first, but soon finds that he can do nothing else but build the ark as instructed. People watch and shake their heads at what is clearly a man going through a huge midlife crisis. When Evan is asked why he is building an arc, Evan says that it’s because God told him about a flood that is coming. More head shaking as people walk away thinking to themselves that an impending flood is the furthest thing from reality there could be. Clearly this movie is a take on the story of Noah’s Arc from Genesis – but I imagine Noah had similar reactions from those around at the time. Not sure I could continue under that much scrutiny and criticism.

As I stated before, I am a planner. In my head, I have all sorts of plans for what needs to be done and road maps for how to get them done. Sometimes I can get so caught up in the plan that I become inflexible when outside forces necessitate a change in that plan. I’m still a work in progress, so I haven’t given up hope yet… I’m learning to be more flexible.

We are all planners… especially those of us who are parents. We plan our child’s quality of education. Some of us are currently planning how to get out of debt. We plan for retirement. We read books in preparation for teen years. We plan for vacations. Plan… plan… plan…

But #3 here got me to thinking… about the things we don’t plan for: the death of a spouse, the loss of income, the inability to conceive, the death of a parent or family member, serious illness, fire, car troubles, when the nest is empty, a 40 day and 40 night flood… You know, all those bad things we’d prefer to not think about. Who does? OK well, maybe some people do, but for the most part, we go through life aware that those things happen… just to other people.

Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to give those topics some thought (DO NOT OBSESS OVER THEM). Talk with your spouse. Make sure you are both on the same page. Just expressing the fears can go a long ways towards strengthening bonds even if neither of you has a plan yet. Even if you have already started to feel the falling raindrops, you can still begin to make some plans for how to handle the rain. But waiting until the waters have risen to just beneath your nose might be a tad too late.

Oh, in Evan Almighty, “God” who is played by Morgan Freeman gives this little nugget of wisdom to Evan’s wife, Joan: God does not give things, but only the opportunity by which to obtain things… That statement has stuck with me since seeing the movie. I believe that God loves us, wants to help us, and will do so, but He expects a certain amount of “elbow grease” on our part.


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