Spend time in prayer + silence with God asking him to meet you + speak to you.
But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, and the waters receded from the earth continually.
At the end of 150 days the waters had abated, and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.
At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground. But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him.
He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, and she did not return to him anymore.
(Genesis 8:1-12, ESV)
Sometime waiting is dreadful. Other times, it’s not too bad.
Waiting is easier for me if I have good people to wait with.
Noah and his family were on the ark with the animals for over a year.
Not only did they go through the storm of God’s judgment on the earth, but after it was over they had to wait, and wait, and wait. It wasn’t time to move on yet.
I think that by nature most people don’t like to wait. Maybe that comes from the fact that we believe the next thing in our life will be better that where we are now. Sometimes it comes because we’re on our agenda, and not allowing God to do what He needs to do in His time.
Don’t be afraid to send out a dove, but don’t miss the joy of waiting with the greatest friend of all.
The Big Question
Is there something that you’re waiting for?
Do you feel like the birds you send out will never stop coming back?
What can you do when you’re waiting to experience the joy of waiting with Him?
Conclude in prayer and silence reflecting on what you’ve learned.