In the midst of normal life, sometimes God steps in and makes a splash. For me, the splash was being locked out of my computer for a day. It is amazing how much I use it. And it was not my timing at all. For Noah and his family, the world was changed forever.
Genesis 8-9 records how God did not want to leave the world stuck in sin, but planned to help give it a restart. And Noah was a righteous man. God gave him instructions for building an ark. And his family and a pair of each animal type joined them.
They cared for seasick elephants and bickering monkeys and wondered how long the rain would last. Then it stopped. And the raven left. And the dove came back with an olive branch. And the Ark crash-landed on a mountain. And the earth looked dry.
And they had to wait (Genesis 8:13-16):
“13 In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry.14 In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried out. 15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.”
Why did they have to wait almost two months? Was the earth just too wet? In any case, it would have been hard to have stopped moving, and be stuck in one place. Had God forgotten them? What was He doing?
And in the right time, God opened the door. And they went out onto the fresh, green grass and God promised to never flood the entire earth again.
But Noah was still sinful. And humanity could not get past Adam’s sin, and could not save itself. And it took many long years of waiting for God to again save the world, this time through His own Son dying for all of humanity. And we struggle with waiting, and God’s timing not being our own.
God, thank You for Your timing. I do not always understand it, and I chafe when I think that my life is out of control. But God, You have a better plan. You are good. And so thank You for Your timing, and what You are doing. Thank You for putting me right here, right now. Please help me to trust Your plan, and Your timing rather than my own. Thank You for Noah and his example of waiting. Amen.