Scriptures have been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. My mother raised us kids in church so hearing the stories of the Bible was common place. But how many of you know there is difference in hearing a scripture and having the scripture to become alive to you?
As I read a devotional this morning a familiar Bible story took on new life to me. Why sure I had heard and read Noah’s story of taking the animals into the boat along with him and his family to ride out the flood many times. I even knew he sent out a raven and dove to see if things had dried up. But today I took notice of how important his waiting until he received the word that it was safe to go back out onto land.
He could have assumed that because the rain was no longer falling he could head out. But I can just imagine that muddy mess that must have resulted from that much rain. And mud has a way of bogging one down.
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. By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.
Perhaps this account of Noah waiting on God’s timing spoke to me so much because I find myself at a point in life that I want to rush some things along. I assume that enough time has passed and surely it’s time to push forward. But pushing forward outside of the timing of God has a way of leaving me stuck or sidetracked from the course God has designed.
Noah was keeping a watchful eye on his surroundings but he didn’t rely on just what He could see with his eyes. He didn’t move ahead before the earth was completely dry. Oh how I’m tempted at times to move forward before God fully completes a thing.
Help me Lord not to get ahead of you. And in those areas were I can’t help but to wait. Teach me how not to just pass the time but to wait well in full expectation of you.