Finally the ark was finished and God announced that in seven days it would begin to rain. So Noah, his wife, his sons (Shem, Ham, and Japheth) and their wives got on the boat. Try to imagine the sight they saw as pairs of every creature on Earth began to file onto the boat: a boy and girl eagle, a boy and girl ant, and a boy and girl zebra. All types of animals came and peacefully got on the boat. Most creation scientists even believe there were dinosaurs on the ark! Then, when all the land creatures were aboard, God closed the door.
I have often wondered what it was like on that boat for over a year. I think about days when we are snowed in with nowhere to go. After a few days it gets boring! I'm sure the ﬁrst week or so was scary. They had never seen rain! And they were surrounded by thousands of animals. But I feel sure God placed supernatural peace over the animals and the Bible indicates that man's relationship with the animals from the Garden of Eden until the flood was probably more peaceful than the one we see today (Genesis 9:2). They probably developed a routine and I know they trusted that God had good for them, but I think there was probably a lot of anxiety over the future.
Genesis chapters seven and eight tell us that it rained for 40 days, then they floated for 110 days and then the ark came to rest on the top of the Ararat Mountains. But they couldn't get out yet! It took two more months for most of the mountain top to be seen. (The Bible tells us in Genesis 8:6 that Noah opened the windows so they probably looked out every day to see what had changed!!). During the time of waiting, Noah sent out a raven and some doves to see if they could find anything and finally one brought back an olive leaf, which blooms very quickly. And a week later the dove didn't come back. She found some place to stay! Finally, after being in the ark for over a year, God announced that they could all leave the ark and begin to repopulate the Earth.
But what can we learn from their time in the ark? God has the ability to miraculously change things in an instant. However, sometimes he chooses to use a long process, usually so we can learn something. Just remember that "while you are waiting, God is working" (Angela Donadio).
Food for Thought: Have you ever had to wait for something? Was it hard? Was it worth it? (With God it always is!!!) What can you do to make it easier to wait?