Imagine if you will, going up to one of these tough sunburned sheep farmers in his arid Karoo farm, and telling him that God wanted him to build an ocean-going liner. If by some incredible miracle you succeeded in this venture, think of trying to persuade his uneducated farm labourers, whose only view of a boat has been the small one hitched to the back of their boss's car for use on a faraway dam.
If you can imagine this scenario, you will have a small picture of the amazing faith Noah showed. He'd never seen the sea. There had never been rain. Yet he agreed to build the ark for God. We don't know if he had a pet dog, but I'm sure he'd never had a close encounter with an elephant. Yet he trusted God to help him round up pairs of all the animals!
If you were the first person to write this story, I wonder how many readers would find your work credible? You would have to tell it very well. Some science fiction is more believable than the story of Noah and his incredible ark. And yet Noah's story is true. And people across the world read it, preach about it, and tell it to their kids.
Do you have an exciting story, true or fiction, which illustrates true faith at work in the life of one of God's children? Then you need to tell it. Ask God for guidance, and follow his leading step by step. Don't question your abilities. Don't worry whether you will ever be able to sell the book. No matter how ridiculous the story may seem, if it comes from God, then write it. Editing comes later. I'm sure it won't be as way out as building an ocean-going liner in the Karoo—or an ark in the Middle East.
Hebrew 11:7 (GNB) It was faith that made Noah hear God's warnings about things in the future that he could not see. He obeyed God and built a boat in which he and his family were saved.
Lord, help me to listen to you and to obey, even when I don't understand.
Shirley Corder writes from the coast of South Africa, far away from the desert. Yet she still wouldn't want to build an ark. Visit her at shirleycorder.com, her site to encourage and inspire writers, or Rise and Soar, where she seeks to encourage and inspire those in the cancer valley.