40 Days and Then What?

Have you heard the story of Noah? The recap is that Noah and his family brought two of every animal on earth into an arc, which is a gigantic and enclosed ship, so they could survive a supernatural and catastrophic flood that would wipe every living being from the face of the earth. Based on how 2020 has played out so far, it seems like this should have been scheduled to occur next month rather than having happened in ancient history. Nevertheless... Noah and his family did survive, along with all the animals.  God had warned Noah of this flood that would be a full factory reset of life on earth, telling him that the rain would come for 40 days and 40 nights.

The rain came. It rained heavily for 40 days and 40 nights. And flooded the earth...  for 150 days! Poor Noah. Wonder if he ever considered that after the rain stopped, the flood would have to recede for many many days? But that's not all. After the 150 days, the flood receded enough for the arc to rest on land. But Noah and his family had to stay another 40 days before it was safe to even check if the water was truly gone. Then some numbered days after the first check. Another 7 days after the second check. And another days. The Bible records that the flood lasted one whole year. Noah was 600 years old when he entered the arc. He was 601 when he left.

Noah and his family, and the animals didn't have to just survive the rain. They had to survive the flood. The the receding of the flood. Then actually depart the arc and rebuild. (That didn't go too smoothly... but save that for another day!)  

Sometimes when it's over, it's not over. All though that story, there is something interesting to notice: the narrator of the story tells us all the days and years.  But Noah just listened to the rain come and go, and felt for the arc to rest on land, opened a window and watched for dry land.  He didn't count the days. He counted on waiting for God to reveal the next step.

Let the news, the history books, the documentarians, and older versions of ourselves recount the days and night and years. Let our present selves listen, feel, and watch for God's leading.  

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