Genesis: The Great Flood Gn 8:1-22 Diana Arizmendi
The important event in Gn 8 is Noah is now waiting for the waters to lessen before the living things in the boat could leave. The first thing that happens is Noah sent a raven out to see if the waters had abated enough for them to get out. Next, he sent a dove out but it returned because there no place where it could rest. This meant that high amounts of water were still covering the earth. He sent the dove out once more, and this time it didn’t return. Noah took this as a sign that the waters had lessened enough that they could leave. Finally, the Lord decided not to curse the people for their future sins, since they are already born with evil in their hearts.
"At the end of forty days Noah opened the hatch of the ark that he made, and he released a raven. It flew back and forth until the waters dried off from the earth" ( Gn 8:6-8).
" Then he released a dove, to see if the waters had lessened on the earth. But the dove could find no place to perch, and it returned to him... He waited yet another seven days and then released the dove; but this time it did not come back" (Gn 8:9, 12).
"When the Lord smelled the sweet odor, the Lord said to himself: Never again will I curse the ground because of human beings, since the desires of the human heart are evil from youth; nor will I ever again strike down every living thing being, as I have done" (Gn 8:21).
A life lesson we can learn from this passage is that patience can lead to success.