Saturday, 17 January 2015
There are wide, fertile fields down the river
"We have sown and we have harvested, but without rainfall in the spring, there was not much to reap this year," lamented Noah as he sat down in front of the fire. Sarah stared at her husband, but did not say anything. It was not the best moment to tell Noah that she was pregnant, expecting their first baby.
There is something I want to tell you
"Come and sit down by me, Sarah," went on Noah in a grave voice. "There is something I want to tell you." Sarah did what her husband asked and looked at him, trying not to show her alarm. During their years together, they had often gone through difficult times, but she had never heard Noah sound so desperate, so defeated.
Noah reflected for a long moment and then shook his head. His words came out slowly, reluctantly. "I have had a vision, Sarah. God has talked to me." Sarah bit her lip and waited. She did not believe in God herself, but she had always respected Noah's strong faith.
If we just wait and hope
"Friends and neighbours are going hungry," continued Noah, "and after we pay the taxes, we will have nothing left ourselves. If we just wait and hope, we might not make it through the winter." Sarah turned her eyes to the fire, searching for some words of encouragement to say to her husband, but she found none.
Suddenly, Noah's voice changed and his tone became determined, almost pressing. "God has told me that we must move. I am to sell the farm for whatever price we can get, and use the money to build a boat, a large boat." He was interrupted by Sarah's surprised reaction. "A boat? What do you want to do with a boat? You know nothing about fishing."
"There are wide, fertile fields down the river, Sarah, I have seen them in my dream. God has told me that we can start a new farm there, a new life. I am to purchase a pair of goats, a pair of chicken, and a pair of sheep, male and female, and take them with us on the boat."
From all the projects that Sarah had heard from her husband night after night, year after year, this was by far the most daring and, at the same time, the most insane. From their first encounter, Sarah had loved Noah because he was an entrepreneur, but unfortunately, as it had turned out, a crazy one.
A pair of goats on a boat, what lunacy, thought Sarah, taking a deep breath. Once again, it was up to her to put some sense into Noah's mind. "Only a pair of each sort is too risky," she objected firmly, "we should take a least two pairs of each sort, male and female."
It was the first time
It was the first time that Sarah had expressed support for any of Noah's risky ideas, and he was so taken aback, that it took him a while to reply. "What if I am wrong, Sarah? What if we lose everything we have?"
Sarah contemplated the reflection of the flames in Noah's eyes. The project was risky, and she could not afford any doubts. She needed to ask the question point-blank. She had to be certain that Noah was telling her the truth. "Did you really have a vision, Noah? Did God really tell you what to do?"
Her heart ached when she saw the pain in Noah's eyes, and he lowered his head. "I am not sure if it was God, Sarah," his voice was now barely audible, "but I know that my vision is true." There was a silence, but it was short, just long enough for Sarah to lay her hands on Noah's. "Then we will build the boat," she said.
For more information about rational living and personal development, I refer you to my book The 10 Principles of Rational Living
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