“Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided” (Genesis 8:1).
Come, let us go and have a look at the Ark of Noah. How huge it is and how faithfully Noah has built this! Though it had space for thousands of people, the people neither paid heed to His voice nor they get into the protective Ark. But the animals had a special intuition which the human beings lacked. They went into the Ark in pairs, male and female. And the windows of heaven were opened (Genesis 7:9-10).
The Ark of Noah might have looked like a Zoo to many. But for me, it looks like a foresign of how the world would be after a reign of thousand years. The animals inside the Ark did not fight with each other and were bound with a family bondage forgetting all their hostile behaviour. Outside the Arc, it rained for forty days and forty nights. Even the high mountains were immersed in water. The water prevailed on the earth for 150 days.
Then God not only remembered Noah with love but also remembered every living thing. (Genesis 8:1). God is not a one to forget you. He is a one to take care of you with utmost concern. He will remember you, do a miracle and thereby solve your problems. At that time, God blew a wind over the earth. When the wind which is the Holy Spirit blows deep into your heart, it brings a big peace and rest. When God blew the wind, the water on earth subsided and the Ark settled on the mountain of Ararat.
Then Noah wanted to know to what extent the water had dried on the earth. So, “He sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth” (Genesis 8:7). When the raven was sent out, it might have noticed several dead bodies on earth and it might have eaten the flesh also, sitting on them. But when Noah sent the dove out, it did not find a tidy space on earth to land and rest while going around and returned to the Ark. The doves will not be sitting on the dead bodies. It is a clean bird and it is the sign for the Holy Spirit.
During the age of the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit was unable to dwell in men whose sins had been kept closed through the sacrifice of cattle. But during this present period of the New Testament, we have been washed by the blood of Jesus Christ and so the Holy Spirit dwells in us. Here, the Holy dove which is the helper is dwelling in you.
To meditate: “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever” (John 14:16).