Water. All Noah can see is water. Water to the North, South, East and West. Water. For forty days it rained. For months they floated and Noah wondered, how long it would last? Can God re-create this world? Is He able to start over? Can He, and we, begin again?
Finally the boat bumped. The ark was resting on ground, but was still surrounded by water.
Noah sent a raven out; it never returned. He sent a dove. It came back shivering. Then, he ascended the ladder with another dove. And let it go whilst he prayed and watched.
All day he looked for the dove’s return but all he sees is water. You know the feeling. You’ve stood where Noah stood. You’ve known your share of floods. You’ve been on Noah’s boat. And you’ve needed what Noah needed: HOPE
Hope doesn’t promise an instant solution but rather the possibility of an eventual one. Sometimes all we need is a little hope. That’s all Noah needed. And that’s what Noah received.
The Bible describes the moment: “When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf!” (Gen. 8:11).
An olive leaf. This leaf was more than foliage; this was promise. The bird brought more than a piece of a tree; it brought hope. Isn’t that what hope is? An olive leaf—evidence of dry land after a flood. Proof to the dreamer that dreaming is worth the risk.
To all the Noah’s of the world, to all who search the horizon for a glimpse of hope, God comes as a dove, bearing fruit from a distant land, from our future home. He comes with a leaf of promise that He can make all things new.
Extracted from ‘Begin Again’ Max Lucado
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