Updated: Jan 31, 2019
6 After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark 7 and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. 9 But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. 10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. 12 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him. 13 By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year,the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. 14 By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.
15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 17 Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.”
We all are very familiar with the passage and events around the above passage. The Lord commanded Noah, his family and all the animals and birds to enter the ark. The ark survived the flood and came to a safe rest at mountains of Ararat. However it is quite surprising to see that even after safe docking at the appointed place, Noah and others couldn't get out. I safely assume Noah was also getting impatient and curious to get out. We clearly see that there was a waiting period of months from the time the ark came to rest in verse 4 to verse 16 where God asks Noah and others to come out. A long wait for God's appointed time. Noah was in the ark which was God's plan. The ark came and docked on mountains of Ararat which was also in God's plan. However being in God's plan doesn't mean that the doors will open immediately or breakthroughs will happen immediately. We can draw analogy from our flight journeys. With the knowledge that the flight has landed and has come to a halt doesn't mean that you can step out. There is an appointed time before which certain safety and logistics arrangements have to be made which will ensure safe exit. In God's perfect plan there is an appointed place - agreed, but there is also an appointed time which we often miss out. God's time is the right time and in His time everything will be perfect. For Noah and others, God's time was after months of waiting in the ark. Though the bible doesn't talk why, but I assume it was for the land to dry up completely and vegetation to flourish so that the ecosystem for all onboard could be established without which there would have been chaos everywhere. Today you may be at the appointed place as per God's instruction and His will in your life. But still if you see the deliverance has not yet come - wait for His appointed time. In His time everything will be perfect and it will be beyond your best plans. Hold on to Him patiently as He is preparing the way for you.