What a lonely feeling it must have been for the passengers of God’s Ark. We have all seen the pictures of the happy animals sticking their head out of the boat. But, the reality is that Noah and his family managed a giant menagerie of all the surface wildlife that would be on earth. What is more, that job was not simply babysitting for a few days–they were on that boat for 1 year and 10 days. In addition, beneath them were the bodies of all the creatures that had come before. Noah and his family had to have felt fear, guilt and confusion as they floated on the sea that had risen some 75 feet above the highest mountains on earth.
By the time it was safe again to leave the Ark, Noah and his family had to have grasped that they were the new beginning. God set them down in a safe place. He set them free to start again, but, he realized that there were no more restarts. All that left the boat were clear that God was powerful. All that left that boat knew that they owed their lives to God and to Noah’s faith. One year and ten days of reflection should have changed these folks hearts and gave them the faith they needed to trust and follow God! But, did it???
God Bless You
But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. 2 Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky. 3 The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, 4 and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5 The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.
6 After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark 7 and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. 9 But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. 10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. 12 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.
13 By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. 14 By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.