Scripture: Genesis 8:1-13
Symbol we use: Ornaments shaped like doves or rainbows. A simple feather would also work nicely, as representative of the dove sent out by Noah.
Meditation: Every child who attends some form of Sunday school knows that it rained for 40 days while Noah and his family lived in the ark with the animals. But if you've never actually read the account in Genesis, you might not realize that they lived in that ark for about a year. They entered "on the seventeenth day of the second month" (Gen 7:11) and didn't emerge until "the twenty-seventh day of the second month" (Gen 8:14) of the following year. The time of waiting between the end of rain after 40 days and the day Noah and his family actually left the ark was probably very difficult. They waited for the water to recede, for the ark to come to rest on the mountain, for the dove to find a home, and for the Lord God to tell them to open the door of the ark. Only then did they leave.
What are you waiting for in your life? Have you waited nine times longer than you originally expected? Perhaps it seems like there is no longer any reason to wait: the waters have receded, you can see dry land, you know olive plants are growing, yet still God hasn't told you to open the door and walk forward. Will you continue to trust Him as long as He tells you to wait? Will you be patient enough to wait until He says the time is right?
Jesse Tree Week 1: The Patriarchs
Sunday: Root of Jesse
Tuesday: Fall of Mankind