Are You Feeling Overwhelmed?

0 comments Posted on February 17, 2020

by Debbie W. Wilson

Have you ever wondered how Noah fed and managed all those animals on the ark? Considering that responsibility would have sunk me. One Easter season, God gave me a peek into how He may have helped Noah.

My young children adopted a downy chick and baby duck from a farm supply store. Brant dubbed his duck Jordan. She bonded with Brant like a baby with its mother and entertained us with comedic splashes into a plastic kiddie pool.

Ginny’s chick Rosie grew into an independent Road Island Red. Sometimes she and Jordan would mosey over to our neighbor’s house and peck their back door for Cheerios. Our neighbor nicknamed them Poncho and Cisco.

My husband, Larry, built a pen for their nighttime protection. Unlike children, Jordan and Rosie bedded down without prompting.

One morning, Jordan didn’t move. Heartbroken, I sat on my daughter’s white iron bed with an arm around each of my sorrowing children. From the window, we watched Larry, slumped shouldered, shovel a grave.

While I watched, a movement behind Larry attracted me. A white head popped up from Jordan’s crate. Jordan climbed out of the box and started pecking at the ground behind Larry! Laughter choked my speech. I knocked on the window. Larry frowned, not appreciating my amusement.

“Behind you,” I pointed. “Look behind you!”

At that moment, Jordan zipped past Larry like Road Runner pursued by Wile E. Coyote. She sped circles around the yard, flapping and quacking. “I’m alive! I’m alive!” she seemed to say.

A vet explained Jordan had been in hibernation, a coma-like sleep that doesn’t require food or drink. Jordan gave me a glimpse of what Noah must have experienced on the ark. Hibernation would have kept the animals from being restless and from needing much food, care, and exercise.

What assignment has left you feeling overwhelmed? The God who was big enough to cover every detail for Noah is big enough to care for you.

Adapted from Little Faith, Big God, Leafwood Publishers, February 2020

Drawing from her walk with Christ and decades as a Christian counselor and Bible teacher, Debbie W. Wilson helps women enjoy grace-filled lives. She is the author of Little Women, Big God and Give Yourself a Break. Her latest book, Little Faith, Big God, releases February 2020. Connect at


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