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. He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him. Genesis 8:11-12
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4
In 2016, my family visited the full-size replica of Noah’s Ark at the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky. It was an amazing experience walking through this enormous wooden ship. We learned about the engineering techniques in which Noah and his family built the ark and how they survived with the animals during their journey. It certainly was an astonishing feat. However, the most effective tool was Noah’s faith in God. Noah listened to the specific instructions that God had given him and trusted that God would bring them through this flood. After over 330 days, Noah opened a window in the ark and let a dove out to see if there was land. Noah had hope that the water had subsided when the dove returned with an olive leaf in its beak.
Is there something in your life that God has called you to do, yet it seems as daunting as building an ark? There is Great News! God has left His written Word, the Bible, for us to read and learn from. In Romans 15:4 it says that it was written for our instruction and encouragement. If you are feeling overwhelmed, set aside some time to read God’s Word, pray for His endurance and guidance, and have faith that He will see you through. Look for the little fresh olive leaves of hope and be encouraged.
Prayer: Dear loving Father, thank you for your Word that is filled with so many examples of people that you have guided and encouraged. Help us to trust you daily and to hope in you alone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.