Noah was now 601 years old. On the first day of the new year, ten and a half months after the flood began, the floodwaters had almost dried up from the earth. Noah lifted back the covering of the boat and saw that the surface of the ground was drying. Two more months went by, and at last the earth was dry!
GENESIS 8:13-14 NLT
After spending ten months on the ark, the excitement of dry land surely would have fed the desire to now get out immediately. Noah had obeyed God’s plan and freedom day was here! There was no doubt some “high fiving” and rejoicing that day. Once again though, God required him to wait. Another two months passed before the earth was actually dry enough to free the family and animals.
God’s wisdom, understanding, all in kindness and mercy is not always what we want to see. Our desires to take control ourselves in our own timing may not be God’s will. At times we can obey God and slowly take back control that we believe is better. Impatience and pride tell us we know how the outcome should be. At that time partial obedience becomes disobedience.
Lord, you show us the “How” and give us the “When” but many times we do not want to “Wait”. Forgive us and allow us to see your plan in your time that we may receive your perfect will for your glory first and fulfillment in our lives and for others.
Thom Walter, Murrysville Campus Connection Group Leader