Introducing Debbie Wilson…

Debbie has a new book entitled, Little Faith, Big God. The following is a small taste to tantalize you.

How Did Noah Feed All of Those Animals?

Have you ever wondered how Noah fed all those animals on the ark? This challenge alone causes some to question the validity of this story? Our family got a peek into how God may have handled this daunting problem.

One Easter season 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. Rosie and Jordan scrounged for snacks together. Sometimes they’d mosey over to our neighbor’s house and peck their back door for Cheerios. Our backyard 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. After Jordan outgrew the kiddie pool, we tried to release her at a friend’s pond where other ducks lived. We said our good-byes and turned to leave, but she clung to us like static electricity. We brought her home.

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. We all grieved the loss of our funny friend.

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 friend and 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. How else could he have stored enough food for all those animals for a year? Hibernation would have kept the animals from being restless and from needing much food, care, and exercise.

Jordan and Rosie helped me understand another biblical principle. Jesus wasn’t exaggerating when he said a sparrow couldn’t drop to the ground without his Father knowing it. God has given each creature a unique personality.

The Bible says, “when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death” (James 1:15 nlt). In Noah’s time, wickedness brought judgment to the whole earth. God’s tears must have mingled with the rain when he watched people and animals that bore his thumbprint drown because of humankind’s violence. The rainbow is a reminder of his covenant and love for all creatures. The God who was big enough to cover every detail concerning the care of all those animals on the ark is big enough to cover your and my challenges today.

Adapted from Little Faith, Big God, Feb. 2020

“Delightful… I highly recommend Little Faith, Big God …” -Josh McDowell, Christian apologist and best-selling author of Evidence That Demands a Verdict

Drawing from her walk with Christ, and decades as a Christian counselor, life coach, and Bible teacher, Debbie W. Wilson helps women give themselves a break so they can enjoy grace-filled lives. She is the author of Give Yourself a Break, Little Women, Big God, and Little Faith, Big God. She and her husband Larry founded Lighthouse Ministries, a nonprofit counseling, coaching, and Bible study ministry. She is an AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) certified speaking and writing coach. Debbie enjoys a good mystery, dark chocolate, and the antics of her two standard poodles. Refresh your faith with free resources at




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