In the Face of Drought: Dare to be a Daniel, Dare to be a Noah

Have you ever been laughed at, ignored, or just considered silly for doing something? How did it make you feel? Did you feel so bad that you actually stopped doing what was close to your heart? Or were you so committed to the project that you found the courage to keep going?

I remember a Sunday School song, ‘Dare to be a Daniel’. It was written to inspire us to stand up for what we believe is right, in the face of opposition.

As we continue to struggle through the worst drought that Australia has seen in the life of European settlement, there are many people with solutions that could help farmers cope. Yet, many are not being considered as viable, because of the fear of being laughed at, considered unnecessary or just plain silly. Yet, if we can solve the problems our farmers are facing, we would be able to help other countries faced with similar problems. God gave us brains to solve the problems that we are presented with; not only that, He promises to help and inspire us. Climate experts have been telling us for years that the droughts would become more longer and drier, and yet we failed to prepare. We didn’t ‘Dare to be a Joseph’.

I was thinking about Noah one day. Was his project laughed about or just ignored? He was doing something that he knew he had been called to do in order to save his family, and if others had believed in the grace of God, they would have been saved too. He faced many challenges during the time that it took to complete the Ark, but he kept going.

Suddenly I realized that if Noah had succumbed to the pressure to give up, we would not be here — we would not exist. The world was wicked and God was ready to dispose of all of humanity. If Noah had sinned and not completed that Ark, we would not be here now. We are descendants of Noah.

So, if you are being laughed at or ignored for doing something that you feel sure God has planted on your heart, ‘Dare to be a Noah’ and keep on going. God has a very special reason for you to be part of the plan, and He will complete His plan, not only for you, the rest of the world but future generations.


Lord, You have been warning us for years that our hard times were coming. Yet, we failed to be like Joseph and put things in place to help meet the needs of our farmers and communities. Give those in authority the courage to dare to be a Noah and put things in place so that the future can be secured for all of us now, future generations and the world.

[Photo by Oleg Demakov on Unsplash]

By |2019-09-17T11:07:28+10:00September 20th, 2019|Australia, Faith, Leadership, World|3 Comments

About the Author:

Helen was born in Mount Isa, the eldest of five children of Salvation Army Officers, and lived an almost nomadic life until she was fifteen. She discovered books as a preteen and read a lot, well into the night and occasionally all night. Two stories that captured her imagination were Anne of Green Gables and Little Women. Just like the heroines in these stories, she wanted to write.

A learning disability, which was not corrected until she was in her thirties, meant that schooling was a real struggle. It also meant that her dream seemed to be a distant mirage. Helen started writing poetry in her late 30's and had some poems published by the local newspaper. It was not until her late 50's that her dream of writing a book was finally realised. She now has several books published, which proves that God often takes us to places way beyond our dreams.

The struggle of raising five children and being a wife to a shearer/farmer in a small town, taught Helen a lot about life and the grace of God. During this time, she also completed her teaching degree and worked many casual jobs, in order to ensure that the farm was viable.

Today, she still lives on the farm in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. She has established a small publishing business with her daughter, which can be found at: and blogs at The Helen Brown Collection.


  1. Walter Crawford September 20, 2019 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Thank you Helen…. I was beginning to think I was alone in this .
    I feel God is leading me down a road I’ve never travelled before and seeing results upfront. When I’m obedient the anointing just is overwhelming to the point of prophecies into living generations of the deceased at derilect church sites the list goes on. Exciting stuff. Thank you for sharing. God bless, Walter

    • Helen Brown September 21, 2019 at 9:05 am - Reply

      Walter, it’s very easy to think that we are alone. I had a similar moment recently but God reminded me, just as He had to remind Elijah, we are not alone. God has people out there being faithful. Thankfully, these days we have social media to help us connect to them from where we are. To God be the glory, honour and praise for all the work that He is doing quietly but effectively around our country and the world.

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