Genesis, chapter 8 begins with “But God remembered Noah and all the animals in the boat.” I am a bit amused at the statement this morning. How could God forget!? I’m sure Noah and his family didn’t forget being stuck in God’s boat for five months while God worked on drying out the landy, landy…yes, I also can’t help but think of the song we all sang in our younger years!
Have you ever been stuck? Inside? Wanting desperately to be outside? After our challenging winter, I relate some but nothing compares to being stuck like Noah, his family and the animals inside a huge boat. The only comfort is knowing God was protecting them. He was still protecting them and is drying out the land to prepare it for their habitation and production once again.
But in the meantime, they are stuck. Noah feels the pressures of being stuck and keeps sending out a dove, a sign, to see if God is ready for them to move out, move forward…or just get out! Is it safe, yet? God have you forgotten us? We are still in the boat, you know!
I think of the times I have been spiritually stuck in my life. It wasn’t always a bad thing, it was always a “growing thing”, but it was the most frustrating times of my life, waiting on God to tell me when to get unstuck. I tried sending out signs, too. My motivations and efforts to “help” God were in vain and just caused more frustration. So, I relaxed, became more submissive, then the door opened, surprising me, overwhelming me with excitement and renewal, at the just the right time, in the right way. Mm, God always remembers, always knows what is best.
Noah finally gets out of the boat…at God’s command. After sending a dove out to check God’s progress, God says, “Leave the boat, all of you.”
Noah worships! Before doing anything else, Noah stops first to worship. Thank you for pointing that out, dear LORD, in Your story of You.
“Noah built an altar to the LORD and sacrificed on it the animals and birds that had been approved for that purpose. And the LORD was pleased with the sacrifice and said to himself. ‘I will never again curse the earth, destroying all living things, even though people’s thoughts and actions are bent toward evil from childhood. As long as the earth remains, there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.” Genesis 8:20-22, NLT