I am looking at a mosaic in the Basilica of St. Mark in Venice. It's the story of Noah and his ark. Noah and his family worked many years on his ark. He was laughed at. Noah wondered many times if he heard God correctly, or if God was fooling him. But he persevered and he saved his life and many animals, including my ancestors! Noah must have had tremendous courage and patience.
But what scares me is the image I am looking at in the upper left. All those people who laughed at Noah and who chose to live without any thought of God. They all drowned. God had hoped that at the last moments of their lives they might repent. I sure hope they did. As for me, I'll stick with Noah.