And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. Genesis 8:11
Noah was waiting patiently for the flood waters to subside and for the earth to reveal itself once again. Mountain peaks would be the first to be seen and after that, the search would be for fresh green foliage. What relief and joy Noah and his family must have felt when the dove returned with the olive leaf, for it wasn’t just a leaf that had been found floating on the water – it was a freshly plucked leaf. Hope for the future was wrapped up and delivered in the mouth of a dove.
Maybe like Noah, you are waiting for flood waters to recede, or maybe like Asaph (Ps77) you are deeply troubled by a situation and you are praying, pleading with God for an answer. Your soul searches for hope because hope brings comfort and peace. The apostle Peter reminds us:
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10
We all need hope in our lives. We need the reassurance that, whatever the situation is we are facing, it is not always going to be this way. Circumstances change continually, but hope remains steadfast, when it is found in Christ. Trust him as you wait on him, for he will restore and strengthen you.
In Christ alone my hope is found He is my light, my strength, my song. This Cornerstone, this solid ground Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
Never stop sending out the dove of prayer. The Lord sees you and he hears you. Wait patiently on him and watch expectantly for the olive leaf.