8 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. 2 The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, 3 and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated, 4 and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5 And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ge 8:1–5). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Think about yourself for a minute. You sometimes wonder where God is in your life. You are impatient. I know I am. I get a feeling in my gut that something has to be coming. But it does not. I grow impatient. Where is God?

Now think about Noah. He’s on a boat with a bunch of animals and his family. He is adrift in life. But God remembers him.

It is important to get “God remembered Noah” right. You might be tempted to think God had forgotten about him and suddenly remembered Noah. No. This is God remembered Noah the whole time. There was not a moment where God was not watching over Noah.

But it took God time to manifest his purposes. It took him time to again order creation. Noah was never out of God’s mind. We are never out of God’s mind. Our time is not God’s time. He has a plan that we are a part of. It is not a sin to be impatient. But we must persevere even if we do not yet feel God working. Because he is working whether or not we feel it.

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