But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided. Also the fountains of the deep and the floodgates of the sky were closed, and the rain from the sky was restrained; and the water receded steadily from the earth, and at the end of one hundred and fifty days the water decreased. In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat. The water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible.
So after 5 months of floating on the great expanse of water, the ark came to rest on the very tip top of the mountains of Ararat (remember, this all started in the 2nd month of the Hebrew calendar, and now its the 7th month). At this point, the raining had ceased and God sent wind to dry up the rain: this started a great evaporation process of much water (what you see in the image today). They remained there for another 2 1/2 months before they could even see the tops of the mountains. They must have originally came to rest on mountain tops that were close enough to the water’s surface, yet still under it, to hold the boat in place. It was when the mountain tops could be seen that the infamous dove sending took place… but I’ll leave further mention of that until tomorrow.
After all this, they would still wait 4 months more until the ground would dry enough and they could exit the boat. All in all, they would live in that boat 12 months. A whole year! People and animals of every kind. Can you imagine what it must have taken to feed everyone and keep everyone alive? Starvation wouldn’t have been the only danger… the animals themselves would have been too. I cannot fathom it. All I know is that a God in heaven made it happen. A God that is thankfully much bigger and more powerful than I. Who wants a God they can fully wrap their mind around anyways? That is one of the main things I see when reading this story… the great power of God. And to think that such a Big God would desire a relationship with each of us personally. Amazing. He’s so big and great, but so personal, loving, and relational. There are gods in other religions, but only this God is personal, One we can actually know. To find out more about knowing Him, please click here.
I’ll let you go on that note today. Thanks for coming back each day. I know we don’t all agree on everything, but as is the nature of art, this blog is an extension of who I am. And all of this is who I am. I have a feeling you are going to know me pretty well by the end of this year, should you choose to come along with me for the whole thing. I so hope you will!
Yay for the coming weekend! Talk to you soon!