"Mrs. Noah"That’s right. The message which weighed on my heart during daily Mass just a couple days ago, and the message that came to my heart as I recognized I was late for another writing deadline, was gratitude that I was not Noah’s wife. There is some speculation that Noah’s wife had a name in the Bible, but I can’t find it in the Book of Genesis. Instead, I know her as “Noah’s wife …” She is a nameless heroine, but the more I thought of her, the more I realized I want to be like her! "Mrs. Noah" was amazing! With her husband, she maintained devotion and loyalty to our Lord, following where her husband led, and guiding her children and their families. She then also supported her husband’s decision to build an ark. Next, she welcomed animals, two by two, into a tight and crowded atmosphere. Then, the doors of the ark were sealed, and …
She was caught in the noise … the mess … the noise … the smell … the noise … the uncertainty … the noise …for over a month! And, while we don’t entirely know if she emerged from the ark with her sanity intact, I have decided to believe she did. Because, in the midst of the mess, the smell, the uncertainty, and yes, the noise, she was still trusting God. She clung to her vocation as wife, and her secondary vocation as mother, and even her other vocation as caretaker to all God’s living creatures, in a situation which did not even allow her to step outside for a brief breath of fresh air. Image credit: Pixabay.com (2016), CC0/PD. Modified by the author in Canva.[/caption] I realized I want to be “‘Mrs. Noah’ Strong.”
- I want to have the strength in my faith to never waiver from what I know God is asking of me -- even when it sets me apart from my peers.
- I want to have the strength in the love for my God to pour forth every ounce of energy into being the healthiest, strongest, most independent wife my husband needs.
- I want to have the strength in my pursuit of holiness to recognize how my children need a mother who embraces their extroverted tendencies, when deep down, the introvert in her desires peace and quiet.
- I want to have the strength to embrace the hiccups in plans, the changes of schedules, and the last minute notifications.
- It requires a radical shift from ladies’ nights out to a movie (or bar, or other venue), to ladies’ nights out with Jesus in Adoration.
- It requires us to stop getting together to gossip, and start getting together to pray.
- Being “‘Mrs. Noah’ Strong” mandates that we stop looking at ourselves the way the world says, and instead, requires us to recognize there is beauty and strength in each of us … even among the mess.
- “‘Mrs. Noah’ Strong” requires counter-cultural thinking, seeing the worth, dignity, and love of our husbands and our children, and perhaps most importantly, ourselves.
- God has made us in His image. He has known us, and knows us, better than we could ever hope to imagine knowing ourselves. He knows our fears and anxieties, but He also knows our depth, our value, our worth, and our strength.
Copyright 2019 Anni Harry
About the Author
AnnAliese Harry is a proud Army wife to her husband Chris, and a mother to their young children. She has a BA in History, a Masters in Social Work, and has worked with disabled veterans, troubled teens, and in early childhood intervention therapy. AnnAliese volunteers with several military chapel communities and serves as a lector, EMHC, Adoration coordinator, and Catholic Women of the Chapel (CWOC) chapter president and vice president. She blogs about Catholicism, parenting, and military life at A Beautiful, Camouflaged Mess of A Life. Follow her on Twitter, on Instagram, or on Facebook.