But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated, and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.
At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground. But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him. He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, and she did not return to him anymore. Genesis 8:1-12 ESV
Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.
Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of your goodness, O Lord! Psalm 25:4-7 ESV
Sally was waiting for her aunt Megan to come and pick her up. Her aunt had promised to come and get her and take her to a movie. Sally and Aunt Megan were good friends and enjoyed doing things together. It seemed like a long time before Aunt Megan came. Sally watched for her out the window. Would her aunt forget her? The afternoon seemed so long! But Sally knew her aunt always kept her promises. It was hard to wait, but she knew Aunt Megan would come.
It must have been hard to be in the ark. Even after the hard rain and fountains of the deep stopped, the water continued to cover the whole earth. Noah and the others waited many months in the ark. God had promised to save them from the flood, but as they looked out at all the water and floated around without seeing any land at all, day after day, they might have started to wonder if God had forgotten them.
But God never forgot them. He sent wind to help dry out the water. The water started to go down. They finally came to rest on a mountain. Even then, it wasn’t quite time to leave the ark. They had to wait till there was enough land to walk on, till plants could grow in the ground again.
Sometimes it seems as if God has forgotten us, too. Maybe we are waiting for him to answer our prayers, or maybe we have bad problems and are waiting for his help. God never forgets us, either. He promises to hear and answer our prayers in the best way. We know that God always remembers his people and his promises to them. The greatest promise he ever kept was to send Jesus, our Savior. God’s people waited many long years before the time was right for God to keep that promise. But Jesus came, and he died on the cross to forgive our sins. We know we can trust God to remember us and keep us in his care.
Heavenly Father, thank you for always remembering your people and for keeping all your promises to us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.