MERRY MONDAY BY PARRIS BAILEY-
“But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.” Genesis 8:9
It doesn’t take long as your flipping the channels on the TV to see the world’s unrest. You can load up with soybeans, gunpowder and change the laws but it still doesn’t settle the unrest in people’s hearts. Noah in his time experienced the end of all mankind. The ark became the vehicle to carry him to a safe harbor. The dove was sent out to find peace in a troubled time.
Spurgeon said, “The dove found no rest out of the ark, and therefore returned to it. My soul has learned yet more fully than ever, this day, that there is no satisfaction to be found in earthly things; God alone can give rest to my spirit. It was at the still hour, when the gates of the day were closing, that with weary wings the dove came back to the master. O Lord, enable me this evening thus to return to Jesus. She could not endure to spend a night hovering over the restless waste, nor can I bear to be even for another hour away from Jesus, the rest of my heart, the home of my spirit. She did not merely alight upon the roof of the ark, she “came to him”, even so would my longing spirit look into the secret of the Lord, pierce to the interior of truth, enter into that which is within the veil, and reach to my Beloved in very deed”.
You can go beyond the veil my friend and find the comfort and peace your looking for in a chaotic world.
Matthew Henry said, “The dove is an emblem of a gracious soul, that, finding no solid peace of satisfaction in this deluged, defiling world, returns to Christ as to its ark, as to its Noah, its rest. The defiling world, returns to Christ as to its ark, as to its Noah, its rest. The carnal heart, like the raven, takes up with the world, and feeds on the carrion it finds there; but return thou to my rest, O my soul; to thy Noah, so the word is, #Ps 116:7|. And as Noah put forth his hand, and took the dove, and pulled her to him, into the ark, so Christ will save, and help, and welcome those that flee to him for rest.”
There’s nothing like the deep tranquil abiding rest of God that will sustain you over troubled waters. I find myself quoting over you “let the peace of God that passeth all understanding keep your hearts and mind. He will bring you back to the ark because this world isn’t our home. Leave this sea of human strife and passion. He will bring you into his everlasting habitation.