Noah and his family may have felt forgotten after all those years on the ark. Many of us may have experienced a similar circumstance in life. A time when we felt that life was at a standstill or just not moving the way we had envisioned. Genesis chapter 8, verse 3, states, "The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days, the water had gone down." Imagine praying for a hundred and fifty days, and then you start to see slow progress. Would you jump for joy or get frustrated at its slow pace?
I recall my 30’s. I wanted so much to have it all by then the home, the husband, and the life that I had orchestrated in my mind but somehow could not make a reality. And, of course, this made me feel like a failure. It appeared that everyone else around me had it together except me, and it simply wasn't fair. I went into super overdrive, acquired debt, and made several other bad choices to make my dream a reality. I did not stop to inquire of God or allow His handiwork to become evident in my life. I wanted what I wanted, and nothing else mattered. I would slowly grow out of this, it is all about me phase, and it took longer than one hundred and fifty days. I tried to fix my life with sheer will and determination, not faith in God. It would still be years later when I finally cried out to God through His son Jesus Christ when I accepted Him as my savior. My life is not how I pictured it, but I know one thing for sure it has never been the same since God entered it.
Is every day a sunny problem-free day? No, but with God by my side, there is not an obstacle I cannot overcome. In Genesis chapter 8 verses 15-19, "Then God said to Noah, come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you, the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it. So, Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives. All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground, and all the birds-everything that moves on land-came out of the ark, one kind after another." Let me encourage someone today to walk similarly to Noah. He did not leave the ark; even when he saw dry land, he waited for God. I do not know where you are in your walk with God today but waiting on God never gets old. He still amazes me today as I have learned to wait for Him, sometimes in tears but always in faith.