The Wait Is Almost Over
Written by Felicia McKnight
Genesis 8:6-12 NIV
After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.
Have you ever had a season in your life where you had to wait? Maybe you are like me and in the waiting room of life right now. You are believing in God for some things and have prayed until you ran out of things to pray about yet you had to wait? God sent you through a storm before the blessing. The storm refined you, purified you, and/or prepared you for what God was about to bless you with. Once the storm was over you thought that God was about to release what he promised into your life, but he had you wait again. Am I hitting home with anyone?
This is exactly what happened with Noah in the book of Genesis. Noah was a righteous man who lived during a time of corruption. God decided he would destroy the earth but save Noah and two of each living creature.
“I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.“ (Genesis 6:17-18)
“Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.” (Genesis 7:4)
God informed Noah of what was about to happen and He gave Noah specific instructions of how he was to get through the storm he was about to encounter. Many times God will send us through a storm, but He will not tell us how long. He may give us specific instructions on what to do along the way. Our obedience to do what God tells us to do is the key to getting out of the storm at the appointed time. In Genesis God was gracious enough to inform Noah that it would rain for forty days and forty nights. I couldn’t help but to think if I were Noah how I would handle this situation. Prayerfully I would operate in a place of obedience by getting into a position of faith and trust God to do what He said he would do over the next forty days. Personally, I would have thought that once night forty was over I could hop off of the boat and life was back to normal and time to be fruitful and multiple, but that was not the case. When I go back and re-read the passage all God said was that it would rain forty days and forty nights. He did not say when they could get off of the boat. Although the storm was over Noah still had to wait for the promise of the covenant to come to pass.
As I was reading this passage of scripture in the story of Noah I was reminded that God will send us through storms to get to the promises He has for us. Although the actual storm may be over there is still a period of waiting on the promise. Noah was in a period I refer to as “In Between Blessings.” He was blessed to survive coming out of a forty day flood and was waiting on the waters to recede so he could live a normal life again. Noah was waiting for His breakthrough to get off the boat and waiting for God to fulfill his promise of survival to them.
“But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.” (Genesis 8:1)
Being in between blessings can have its challenges. You’ve already had to go through tough times and you don’t know how much longer until you receive your breakthrough. The storm is over however there are some remnants of it that remain. Your energy is drained. Your hope is almost gone. You’ve cried and prayed all you can pray. You have to muster up more strength to get over the last few hurdles and to the finish line. The good news is God does not forget and He remembers all of us. Noah had a dove that he kept sending out to check on the water. Each day the water went down little by little. While Noah was waiting God was preparing the earth again. While we are waiting God is preparing us and all people and components that play a part in our destiny. Just like Noah kept sending the dove out to check on the circumstances often times God is gracious enough to send us blessings that relate to what we are waiting on to let us know he has not forgotten about us, and that He is working behind the scenes for what He has in store.
I know there is someone reading this today that is like me. We are in a long season of waiting. It can often be a time of uncertainty, fear, and frustration not knowing what God is up to. Things seem long and crazy. Noah may not have understood a thing that was happening. All He knew is that God established a covenant with him and that He would eventually get off of the ark. Just like Noah trusted God would fulfil his word for Noah and his family’s survival we have to trust God to be faithful to the word and promise He has given us for our personal life. No matter what the situation looks like right now, no matter how long it is taking God is faithful. “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24)
Some of us are in the phase of “in between blessings”. Praise God we survived the storm and rejoice for what is on the way. Although you or I are not where we desire to be we can rejoice that we are not where we were. We survived the bad stuff. Whew! Hallelujah! Be encouraged today and know the wait is almost over!
Heavenly Father, we thank you that we’ve survived the storm. We may not be at the point we’ve been praying for and believing in you for, but we praise you that you have sustained us and kept us thus far. Some of us have grown tired and weary as we wait. Some of us have little strength. Some of us our faith started off big but it has been reduced to the size of a mustard seed. Some of us are on the verge of giving up on hope. Today I lift up every reader who falls into this category asking that you would renew our strength and restore our faith. Just like Noah had a dove I pray that you send us a sign and gleam of hope of things to come. Something that will strengthen us and remind us that you are at work, that you’ve heard our prayer and that you have not forgotten about us. Lord today we need just a gentle personal reminder that the wait is almost over. We thank you that you are at work behind the scenes. We thank you that you are causing all things to work out for the good. We give you all glory, honor, and praise. We rejoice that what you are working on is bigger than what we could have ever asked you for or imagined in our life. To God be the glory. In Jesus Name. Amen