“Noah was 600 years old when the flood waters came on the earth.” -Genesis 7:6
Been studying Genesis lately and this verse stuck out to me this weekend. SIX. HUNDRED. YEARS. OLD. Noah was 600 years old when his purpose in life came to fruition.
Take a minute, take your timeline of how you think your life is “supposed to go,” now go ahead and throw it out the window going 90 miles an hour.
Okay cool, now next up, imagine God tells you to build this massive boat because he’s basically going to end the world with a flood. People around Noah probably thought he was straight bananas. Everyone around him was like bro, you’re INSANE.
It would have been so easy for Noah to be discouraged by others, to be talked out of building the boat, to question what God had asked him to do based on the opinions of the people around him, to see someone else’s life and think “Wow, that’s what I would rather have.” But Noah wasn’t paying attention to what Billy and Bobby over there were saying. Noah wasn’t concerned with what Nancy and Megan were doing. He didn’t say, “Dang, like Darrel is making so much money and he is so happy, his Insta game is fire, maybe I should forget about the boat and go do what HE is doing because it looks legit." Noah wasn’t questioning if he was “good enough” for God’s calling on his life or if he was equipped to do what God instructed. Noah hears God, he listens to God, and then he acts in faith that God will fulfill his promises. Noah doesn’t even say anything in the Bible. He’s just like 10-4 big guy, you got it, I’m on it. He’s the perfect example of what we millennials would call “staying in your lane.”
There is this idealized life that we have in our minds that we think is the best way. Everything else falls short of this fantasy of how things “should” be, like it’s an unmovable storyline that everyone has to follow, and if they don’t then they’re failing or falling behind. Let me tell you right now,
God’s calling on your life does not mold to what society or other people say it should be. It is not play-doh.
Anything that is not God’s plan for you is a counterfeit. A counterfeit life is not the life that you are called to live. Your life is what you are called to live. You have a responsibility to be YOU. To do YOUR calling. To have YOUR family, YOUR job, YOUR strengths and YOUR flaws. You were created to be YOU. Period. On the mountaintop and in the mess. Anything else is a monumental disservice to yourself and to those around you.
Let me tell you something about Noah. Something I realized was that his three sons, and his wife, and his son’s wives all got to go on that boat and be saved with him. Because of his faithfulness in God, because of his steadfastness in God’s word and his promises, his whole family was saved, too.
Your faithfulness isn’t just about you. Your fruitfulness isn’t only to be enjoyed by you.
You have a responsibility. You have a purpose. Someone else on a screen with better pictures than you or a better body than you or more friends than you or a better job than you- whatever the lie may be that’s stealing your joy, they can’t be you. They can’t have your purpose. And you can’t have theirs, and friends you shouldn’t want it. Your life is so valuable and filled with a purpose that is only for you. Look forward, stay in your lane, and don’t believe the lie that you should be anything but who you were created to be. I promise it will save your life.