Eric Speir

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An Interview With Noah: “What I Would Have Done Differently”

Everyone knows that Noah built the ark. It’s one of the greatest stories in the Bible. I was thinking the other day what it would be like to interview him in today’s society. As luck would have it, he stopped by the church and I had the chance to interview him and ask him about his experience building the ark.

The Remodeled Ark

You can read the highlights of our conversation here.

Eric: Noah, the ark was a nice piece of work and it was certainly ahead of its time.

Noah: Thanks Eric. It took us about a year to build it. Believe it or not, the hardest part was securing the permits to build it because we were on a flood plain.

Eric: No kidding! What are the odds of that?

Noah: I know, right!

Eric: If you had to do it all over again what would you have done differently?

Noah: That’s a great question Eric. You know hindsight is always 20/20.

Noah: In terms of actually building it I would have done several things differently. Here are a few things:

  • Use pressure treated lumber.
  • Include ventilation fans in all the bathrooms. I think you understand this!
  • Use hydraulic lifts on the front door because it was too heavy to close by myself.
  • I definitely wouldn’t hire unionized carpenters again!
  • Bring more putty to patch the holes.
  • Build an elevator next time because running 3 flights of stairs got old quick!
  • Bring a GPS because I got lost a few times and couldn’t pull over to ask someone for directions.
  • Start building it a lot sooner because I was 600 years old before I started.
  • Include more storage space because you can never have enough.
  • Check with OSHA about the specs for flotation devices.
  • Include canons to scare off the pirates. I got worried a few times!

Eric: Wow! That’s a lot to think about.

Eric: How about with all of those animals? Anything different with them?

Noah: For sure. I had a few unforeseen problems.

Noah: First, I wouldn’t put the lion’s pen next to the unicorn’s again.

Eric: That explains why the unicorns didn’t make it.

Noah: Yep. The unicorns were God’s favorite. It was tough explaining that one to him.

Eric: I bet! Anything else?

Noah: Yeah. Here are a few more:

  • Leave the skunks off the animal list by “accident.”
  • Take pictures of the dinosaurs before I left. No one believes me!
  • Build more overhead space for the giraffes.
  • Read the Endangered Species list more carefully. Some of them didn’t make the trip.

Eric: Any more advice that you would tell us about building arks?

Noah: Ok. But I really need to get going soon. I think it’s thundering outside and it makes me nervous.

Eric: It hasn’t rained all summer here. Besides, we’re in a drought.

Noah: That’s interesting. Ok. Here are three more.

  • I would definitely bring more coffee next time because the Mrs. got cranky the last few weeks.
  • I would also pack more Dramamine for motion sickness.
  • Finally, I would avoid the punch at the after party because I got drunk and laid there naked until my boys covered me up. That was embarrassing!

Eric: Any last piece of advice you want to leave us?

Noah: Sure. Always check the weather before leaving because it rained a lot!

Eric: Thanks for stopping by today. I know you’re busy and I appreciate your time.

Noah: No problem. Maybe next time I’ll bring Moses. You think my story is crazy. He brought plagues with a stick!

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About Eric

I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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7 Replies

  1. So that’s what happened to the unicorns, heh.

    1. Eric

      Now you know. Mystery solved!

  2. So funny, Eric! I loved the story. Noah really should watch the booze intake, especially if he is mixing in with the Dramamine! šŸ™‚
    Sherrie

    1. Eric

      Thanks Sherrie! The punch will get you every time!

  3. What a great perspective, Eric. I like your interview style šŸ™‚
    Noah was a bit evasive though, maybe b/c he is so old? He wouldn’t quite answer all of your questions. Wish I’d met him my self. Did you ask him how they entertained themselves when the animals were fed and the boat was clean? I bet they were playing cards or checkers šŸ™‚

    Thanks for the chuckle.

    1. Eric

      Thanks Dorien! This was my first post like this so I wasn’t sure how well it would be received. Those are good questions to ask as well. I will keep those in mind for future interviews!

  4. Sara

    loved it! Thanks for clearing up so many questions! LOL. I guess in heaven we’ll get to watch the DVD on Noah.

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