At the end of forty days Noah opened the hatch he had made in the ark, and he sent out a raven to see if the waters had lessened on the earth.It flew back and forth until the waters dried off from the earth.Then he sent out a dove, to see if the waters had lessened on the earth. But the dove could find no place to alight and perch,and it returned to him in the ark, for there was water all over the earth. Putting out his hand, he caught the dove and drew it back to him inside the ark.He waited seven days more and again sent the dove out from the ark.In the evening the dove came back to him,and there in its bill was a plucked-off olive leaf! So Noah knew that the waters had lessened on the earth.He waited still another seven days and then released the dove once more;and this time it did not come back.
Did you ever feel like you were surrounded by flood waters in your life? I know I have. There have been times where I feel that God has abandoned me knowing what I am suffering with. I have sent out those ravens and doves to see if my earthly burdens have lessened only to have those birds return with no solution to my problems.
And then, the waters subside and my life becomes manageable again.
This is what God does for us all. He puts us in situations of suffering and hardship not because He wants us to struggle but so that we reach out to Him for His mercy and understanding. He makes the waters part so that we have a clear path to Him.
When the dove did not return, it was because it had found safe haven on the earth. It did not need Noah’s ark anymore; it had found its home. But for us, we always need God to return and give us that safe haven which is available to us if we only wish to accept it.
So, the next time you are in a hard situation, send our your prayers to God like doves and ravens in the anticipation through faith that He will fulfill your needs. God answers all prayers; sometimes we don’t like the answer, but He never ignores us.
Let your prayers and praise fly up to the One who always grabs our hand when we are drowning in life to pull us closer to Him.