Read Genesis 8 – Time is passing.
Noah, his family and all those animals are floating in God’s hands. The earth is saturated, and God remembers Noah.
The LORD sends a wind across the earth to dry up the waters. The boat settles on the mountains of Ararat (eastern Turkey). Imagine, floating, drifting, endless days of caring for these animals, and the ark finally settles, yet still, two and a half months before other mountain peaks would appear. After 40 more days, Noah opened a window.
On over-water flights, most everyone keeps the shades drawn. Peeking out the window to see nothing but water is eerie, and I am talking about a day of flight. Noah is more than 9 months into his journey… and it is a journey without a specific destination or arrival time.
He released a raven, then a dove, but they did not find dry ground. A week later, he released the dove again, and it returned with an olive leaf in its beak. Can you imagine what a joyful sign this must have been? It would still be two more months before God would tell Noah to leave the boat, releasing all the animals, all with the duty to be fruitful and multiply.
Beloved, notice that Noah lifted the covering and saw the land drying 10 ½ months into his journey (:13), yet they waited for God’s instruction to leave the boat. Was it tempting to get off the boat ahead of time? Are you ever tempted to move ahead before the LORD says it’s time?
The first thing Noah does is build an altar for the LORD, and the LORD is pleased with the aroma of the sacrifice. God says to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of the human race,” :21a. 🌧🕊🌦🙌🌦🕊🌞