Genesis 8:6–12 (ESV)
The Flood Subsides
the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made 7 and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. 8 Then
he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground. 9 But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on
the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him. 10 He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. 11 And
the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. 12 Then he waited another seven days and sent
forth the dove, and she did not return to him anymore.
We see the passing of 40 days when Noah checks to see if the waters had subsided. He checks
by opening a window and letting a dove fly out, but it returns. He waits seven days and send the dove out and it comes back with an olive leaf. He waits seven more days and sends out the dove and it does not come back. The waters have subsided.
Time keeps on passing. Work still needs to be done.
I pray: O Lord, help us to have patience and to do your work and your will. Help
me to serve you with a joyful heart. Amen.