Genesis 8:1–5 (ESV)
The Flood Subsides
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.
Second month, seventeenth day… the rain started. It rained for 40 days and 40 nights. The rain stopped and at
the end of 150 days, the water abated. The ark came to rest (or grounded) in the seventh month, seventeenth day… which is five months later. The waters continued to go down into the tenth month and the tops of mountains were seen (which
is now 8 months on board the ark). If the top of the mountains can be seen, that means the water has gone down at least 20 feet. They have been on the ark for 8 months and they are not finished. They had to pack a lot of food and do
a lot of shoveling. I bet it stank!
I pray: O Lord, even when you saved Noah and his family,
they still had to work and take care of the animals. Help us to serve you with a joyful heart, even if we are having to do a lot of shoveling. Amen.