Noah Opened a Window

6 After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark 7 and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. 9 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. 10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 11 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. 12 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him. Genesis 8:6-12

From this passage I believe the Lord was guiding Noah every step of the way. Opening a window, sending a raven, waiting, sending a dove, waiting, and sending the dove again all point to being guided by the hand of God. How else would Noah know to send a raven or to wait seven days? There were no instruction manuals or people who went before them. They were it.

A number of you need to hear this right now. You are in “the dark” fumbling around, not knowing which way is up. You haven’t seen light in some time (figuratively speaking) and even if you did, you wouldn’t know what to do with it. The pain you are experiencing is great and the days and nights are long. Every single minute of your life seems burdensome.

The same God who led Noah while he was in the ark with his family is the same God who will see you through. The darkness you are experiencing is not permanent, just as it wasn’t permanent for Noah.

Hang in there. Grab hold of Jesus’ garment and hang on. He’ll see you through. I don’t know when or how long, but He is faithful and will see you through.

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