13 By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. 14 By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.
15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 17 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.”
18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. 19 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. 20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. Genesis 8:13-20
I did not know the roof of the ark was removable. I wonder how he did it with only 10 on board. At any rate, after the ground had dried up, Noah was given the okay to empty the ark and move about freely. They had been in prison of their own making but it was a good prison. They were the sole survivors.
The human race was officially reset. New life would begin. Of course Noah was 600 years old at the time and he literally had another 300+ years left the Bible tells us later. At that age it would definitely be an interesting mid-life crisis!
Now what? You’ve survived the greatest human calamity known to man before or since. There are 10 of you plus a lot of animals. You’ve got a oversized shelter you probably never want to see again. Everything you see is new and fresh. Now what?
If that isn’t a pattern for us mere mortals to live by, then I don’t know what is. Sure, he was thankful to be on terra firma once again, but only One could have done it. He worshipped God as the first thing he did on the ground. Grateful to be alive. Grateful the he was spared. Grateful that the God of Creation was watching out over him and his family.