Once Noah and his family were safely inside the ark, God sent the downpour of rain from the heavens and released the floodgates from the deep.
“All the living things on earth died—birds, domestic animals, wild animals, small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the people.” (Genesis 7:21 NLT)
Could Mrs. Noah hear the cries of her neighbors and friends? Were they banging on the ark, begging to be let in? Or maybe it caught them by surprise and they were gone before they realized what was happening. Though they had to be aware of why Noah was building the ark, they didn’t take it seriously until it was too late.
Surely Mrs. Noah and her precious daughters-in-law shed a tear or two as they thought of everyone they knew, friends and foe alike, perishing in the flood. How it must have broken their hearts.
Then to spend days and weeks within the boat, wondering if the terrible rains would ever stop. And once it stopped, wondering if the floods would ever subside.
But God remembered them, and “he made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.” (Genesis 8:1 NKJV)
And then that wondrous day when the dove brought back an olive branch.
We all go through storms, perhaps not as dramatic as what Noah’s family went through, but it’s hard when tempests are raging around us, and we’re powerless to do anything. We don’t understand what’s going on around us, and we just want it to stop. We think surely God has forgotten about us.
And just when we think it’s never going to end, God sends us an olive branch, letting us know, it’s going to be ok.
Mrs. Noah and the flood in the Bible: Genesis 7:7-8:18