Have you ever been in the midst of a problem or issue and intellectually, you knew it would eventually end… but it seems to take forever. Who hasn’t right. Even when we know a solution to the situation is on it’s way or in the process, it seems things continue to even get worse for a while… and that while can go on for a long time… and we sit there wondering … will this ever end?
Think of it this way. If you’re on a train, it takes a bit of energy to get the train moving and once it’s moving in a direction, it no longer takes that much energy to keep it moving. We see the track is heading for disaster, and we stop feeding the engine. There is no longer any energy being put into making the problem worse… but we’re still moving towards disaster. Even after the energy to move the train has stopped, the train does not. Momentum is now carrying it forward and it will take even more energy and time to stop that momentum.
When Noah and his family (and all the animals) were sitting on that ark, the energy to get the flood going only took 40 days. Even after the rains and springs stopped, the flood remained for another 150 days (nearly four times as long as it took to create the flood in the first place). “But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated,” (Gen 8:1-3)
Here’s what’s amazing. This chapter starts with “God remembered Noah”. God was done with the flood and “remembered” those He has saved and He stopped the flood. But that didn’t stop the result of the flood for nearly 1/2 a year. It was still another 150 days before any dry land was visible, and still some more time before enough land that dove he sent out to scout for dry land “did not return to him anymore.” (Gen 8:12b)
All too often we find ourselves in a similar situation. Actions (many time of our own doing) have put us in a situation. Even when we stop adding to the problem (stop the flood), this does not rescue us from that situation… it takes time. In Noah’s case, nearly four times as long as it took to create the situation.
When we find ourselves in this situation, wondering if it will ever end, we need to reflect to this passage and know that God remembers. God acts but we don’t always see His acts immediately. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Remember that even the wind and waters obey His ever command. Rest in Him. His solution may not be immediately obvious, but if you turn to Him and rest in Him, He will always remember you.
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