Scripture: Genesis 8:3
The water receded steadily from the earth.
How long was Noah on the ark?
Scripture tells us that it was about ten and a half months (Genesis 7:11; 8:13).
Ten and a half months! Can you imagine being on a boat with all those animals and the same seven people for ten and a half months?
I mean, it only rained for forty days, and he has to stay on the boat for ten and a half months?!
I'm sure Noah found plenty of opportunities to work on his patience during that time of waiting to get off the ark.
What are you waiting for in your life? In what area of your life are you praying for God to act?
Though Noah might have wanted to step off the ark as soon as it stopped raining, he had to learn that even God's wind of change usually doesn't work in an instant but steadily over time (Genesis 8:3). Take heart and know that God is working - sometimes so quietly, so subtly, so steadily - that we don't even notice it. Sometimes, we can see God working - we can see our life changing slowly but surely - and God simply calls us to exercise patience until He's finished.
No matter how long it takes, will you trust Him to move in your life?