15 God spoke to Noah, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, your sons, and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring out with you all the animals of every kind—birds, livestock, everything crawling on the ground—so that they may populate the earth, be fertile, and multiply on the earth.” 18 So Noah went out of the ark with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives. 19 All the animals, all the livestock, all the birds, and everything crawling on the ground, came out of the ark by their families. 20 Noah built an altar to the Lord. He took some of the clean large animals and some of the clean birds, and placed entirely burned offerings on the altar. 21 The Lord smelled the pleasing scent, and the Lord thought to himself, I will not curse the fertile land anymore because of human beings since the ideas of the human mind are evil from their youth. I will never again destroy every living thing as I have done.
22 As long as the earth exists, seedtime and harvest, cold and hot, summer and autumn, day and night will not cease. Genesis 8:15-22, CEB
In life, I find that I’m most jealous of people who appreciate simple things. I appreciate it when people smile and glow as they talk about doing a job that most people would consider beneath them. I appreciate people who find great joy in life just because nothing, at the moment, is going wrong. I over-complicate everything. I find reasons to be disturbed and upset about just about anything. There is great beauty in simplicity…but I struggle with it.
I appreciate the simplicity of Noah. I really admire the fact that, despite this great ordeal Noah has been through, he’s able to exit the ark and instantly build an altar to worship God.
Does he do this because he’s simple-minded? Does he do this out of blind faith or loyalty? Is he uncritical of the strange things he’s seen God do?
I doubt that he’s any of these things. I suspect he has many questions, many doubts, many anxieties, many insecurities. But, at the end of the day, he is able to worship God because he is humble enough to know that God deserves his worship.
I wish I had that kind of humility. I’ve given myself, perhaps, too much permission to doubt and to ask questions to the point where I feel like I need God to answer to me, at times. There’s nothing wrong with questions, but when I get to the point where I think I deserve answers, then I’m out of control. I need an extra dose of humility. I’m praying for that today.