And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark. Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore. (Genesis 8:10-12)
We often hear and speak of the patience of Job, and he certainly is the personification of patience, but today the Lord drew my attention to the patience of Noah. And he waited…and he waited… Noah waited for a confirmation that it was safe to go out of the Ark. I’m guessing that wasn’t easy. After a recent visit to The ARK Experience in Kentucky (which I highly recommend), I realize it would have been a challenge, as well as tempting to move ahead, but instead, he waited. The safest place for Noah and his family to be was right where they were. Until God said; Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth. (Genesis 8:16-17)
And then, and only then, Noah went out. So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him (Genesis 8:18). Was Noah comfortable with waiting? I don’t know. What I do know is that he waited anyway and I’m certain he was happy that he did.
Dina Seaton has served on staff for 15 years, currently in Partner Care. She is a proud Air Force mom and loves spending time with her son wherever he is, near or far. He is truly her greatest joy. Dina came to Christ in 2000. She loves God and wants to love Him more!