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by Mackenzie Shaver on December 9, 2015
Before I begin, I want you to know a little bit about me. My name is Nicole and I am a Legacy X Fellow. I love cool things like Star Wars and superhero TV shows, but also read Jane Austen while drinking a hot tea. I am from Indiana (the Hoosier state) and call soda “pop.” But the thing you really need to know about me to understand my story is that I never, not in a million years, thought I would be living in Texas working at a camp. Never. Which leads me to the topic of conversation: What is your Noah? (Hang in there. It will make sense, I promise!)
One morning this summer my dad and I were riding to church talking about the “Mighty Black Hole of Uncertainty” (known by most as The Future), when he first brought up this idea that people thought Noah was crazy. We all know the Sunday school story; God tells Noah to build an ark because He’s planning to flood the earth, the animals ride the ark with Noah and his family, God sends the rainbow promise; however, we tend to skip over that Noah was stepping out in blind faith to do something God had called him to do. The people who knew Noah only knew that he was insane for building this giant boat—a boat with nowhere to go, mind you—and kept talking about the whole “end of the world” thing. God had asked Noah to do something so mighty that his neighbors questioned his sanity. And, there had to have been moments when Noah was thinking to himself, “I have no idea what I am doing, but I am doing it for the Lord.”
What is your Noah? It wasn’t until about six weeks into the Fellowship that I finally understood what my dad was saying. I am not going to lie to you, I struggled a lot those first few weeks. I did not know what I was doing, I was living in a new place, I missed my friends from college, and I felt that every single one of my mistakes was plastered onto my forehead for everyone to see. Then one day I remembered that conversation I had with my dad on the way to church and it suddenly made sense. “What is your Noah?” This is it. The Fellowship. Coming here I had no idea what I was doing, but God had made it abundantly clear this is where I am supposed to be. I literally received a prophetic word telling me so. Yet, I feel like when I told people I was moving to Texas to work at a camp, those who know me feigned an excitement that really ended up showing itself as surprise. Being here, working at Sky Ranch, this is my Noah. This is my ark.
So, this is my question for you today: What is your Noah? What is that thing God has called you to that, when people see you doing it, they think you are absolutely nuts for believing God would ask you to do it. Maybe you don’t even fully understand it. Noah didn’t. I still don’t know what the Lord’s plan is for this year. But I know He has one. Every day I strive to recognize the work God is doing in and through me. I am excited to continue this year, working on my ark one day ay a time.
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