When people would ask me about how my summer was working at a whitewater rafting and adventure company, there was never any way to describe it. I would always respond with, “Oh it was the best job ever!” or, “It was amazing.” But that does not even come close to describing what Noah’s is. Noah’s is so much more than a job. It is a feeling. It is a place where you can be completely vulnerable, real and unapologetically yourself and never be judged for it. You will be seen for who you are and loved fully. It is a place where you could mess up so many times, and you are given grace. I remember on my first day working in the kitchen, I was stressing out because I wanted to do everything right, and my manager just stopped me and said, “Grace, grace, grace.” Looking back, there were times during work where I was not giving it my all and I chose to be selfish, and my boss definitely noticed, but instead of yelling at me about it, she talked to me and gave me grace. I did not deserve that at all, but it made me want to work so much harder, because I realized Noah’s is so much more than just myself. Working in the kitchen, I did not get to interact with guests as much as river guides or adventure guides did, but I knew that what I was doing was still so important. I knew that when I was making food all day for guests, they were going to be able to sit around a table together, eat and enjoy each others’ presence. They were going to have time to laugh, rest, and talk about all the fun things they did that day. They were going to have sweet conversations reminiscing and getting their energy back to go about the rest of their days.
Noah’s is so many individuals coming together to serve. It is accountability, love, grace, and understanding. It is being intentional, even when we are going all day long. Noahs is a beautiful place filled with beautiful souls who love each other so well. It is so humbling to be a part of all that Noah’s is and what they are doing for the kingdom. Noah’s is patient and kind. Noah’s taught me how to let go of bitterness towards people, extend grace, love fully, and serve well. It taught me what it looks like to be the hands and feet of Jesus. When things didn’t go the way I planned, it taught me how to just laugh it off and just keep going. Every day was an adventure.
I have these moments during the year where I start thinking about what I’m going to do in the future after Noah’s. I tell myself, “I don’t know if I really want to be a river guide because it’s really hard and completely out of my comfort zone.” And sure, two years from now, The Lord might take me a completely different way, and I might not be at Noah’s anymore. But I’m reminded, yes, being a riverguide is something that really is out of my comfort zone. It is hard and it is physically and emotionally demanding. It tests you in all aspects of life. But who am I to run from something because it is challenging, knowing that it will push me completely out of my comfort zone. So if you don’t hear anything else from this post, hear this: No matter what the future holds, never back away from something that is hard because you are scared of failing or because you are scared of the unknown. Instead, go full force towards it. You are never going to grow if you are never challenged or pushed. So push yourself and work hard. Push yourself past your ability. That is where Jesus does some really cool things. You will look back and say, “Wow, I did not think I was ever capable of doing that.” Open yourself up to what Jesus is trying to teach you, because it will be more than you could have ever imagined and it will be so worth it. I went out to Colorado not knowing a single person that worked there, and it was so worth it. So if you want to grow and be pushed, and be a part of something way bigger than yourself, apply to Noah’s Ark. You won’t regret it.
Yes, Noah’s is a company dedicated to serving guests and making sure they have a great time, but it’s so much more than just that. They truly do focus on the wellbeing of their staff. You go, go, go all day working, but it’s beautiful because before each day of work, they make sure to pour into you. Every day, the staff would start off the day with encouragement, a devotion and prayer, and when the guests arrived that day, we would get to spend our time serving them and loving them well. The morning staff time is about making sure you are good to go, that you are filled up with the Holy Spirit, and that you are poured into and invested in so that you can continue to pour out and love well without being burned out. Noah’s is intentional with the staff. They love well and are constantly pouring into you and challenging you. Working at Noah’s is more than just serving customers. It’s serving the staff too. If you were to constantly be giving it your all and you weren’t being poured into, eventually you would burn out. But Noah’s would never let that happen. They are just as worried about the wellbeing of their staff as much as they are the guests. And that’s what I appreciate the most about Noah’s Ark. Their willingness to lead and love you well, right where you’re at, and challenge you to be the best version of yourself. Everyone works so hard, but at the end of the day, it’s about loving each other well, and loving and serving the guests well. Noah’s wouldn’t be the amazing company that it is without this aspect. Noah’s Ark is community.