The Creation stories are one of my favorite stories in all of the Bible. The flood in today's reading represents the destruction and sadness in our lives. Of course, the dove can represent the Holy Spirit who helps us find the bit of green (hope) in our despair. There is always hope no matter how dire the situation that we are in. The first time that the dove was sent out, he did not come back with anything, but Noah was persistent. After all, he needed to find dry land; he believed that the flood waters would recede. We will ask God for something, and He may not give us always what we desire the first time we ask Him. We must be persistent and believe that there is "dry land" in all of our problems. Noah had a lot of trust in God and that is why God made a covenant with him, the first covenant made in the Bible. Let's continue to be persistent. Noah needed to find dry land. In the same way, God knows that our most important needs need to be met.
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened" (Luke 11:19).
(Tomorrow's reading is Genesis 10-12)