Today I’m writing for the DPC Prayer Connections blog, which also happens to be the 300th post here on be, mama. be. Yippee!
Here’s the truth: when I think of Noah, despite his – mostly – good standing in the early chapters of Genesis, and his exemplary faith story in Hebrews 11, the children’s song, “Rise and Shine” (or “The Arky, Arky Song”) instead is the first thing to pop into my head. Soon I’m a freckled eight year old again, singing about when the Lord said to Noah, “There’s gonna be a floody floody,” and he’s directed to build an arky, arky out of gopher barky, barky. The story of Noah’s faith journey in boat-building is told, and at the end of the story, we children lyrically find “…everything is hunky dory, dory.”
It’s in and through the simplicity of this song that I’m also brought to a greater truth of Noah’s own faith in God. How difficult the journey in trusting, truly trusting, must have been for this ordinary man, his beliefs stretched taut as the years went on.
But what brings tears to my eyes is the chorus that wraps itself around each verse’s story, as we, the Children of the Lord, are told three times over to “…rise and shine and give God the glory, glory.”
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What about you? How is Noah’s faith, regardless of your own religious perspective, an example to you? And more importantly, how excited are you that I’ve now put “The Arky Arky Song” in your head? You’re welcome.