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“After 40 days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.” Genesis 8:6-7
Have you ever had the feeling that in order to experience what is next in the future, you have to release something now in the present? 
While reading through the story of Noah and the flood, there were a couple pieces that stuck out to me that I had never really thought of before. In Genesis 8: 6-7, it says that after 40 days of the ark resting on the top of a mountain, Noah opened a window and sent out a raven. 
Noah waited 40 days on the top of a mountain to just open up a window… 40 days!  So often I think we can see the breakthrough of something happening in our lives and we rush to try and see the finish before it even really starts. Noah would have felt the ark take position on the top of the mountain and not move, but he believed he would hear from God, so he didn’t jump ahead of His plan. It would have been so easy for him to open up the window, or even the door, step out and see for himself if the water had cleared, but he understood there was a process to God’s plan for him. Have you ever seen a glimpse of what God has for you, and in turn tried to jump to step nine before He reveals step two? I’d be lying if if I said I haven’t.
The second piece that jumps out at me was how Noah sent out a raven and a few verses later a dove, to see if the water had dried up and to know if it was time for them to leave the ark. Noah had to release something in order to step into the newness that God had for him. God has so much in store for you this year, but maybe He is waiting for you to let go or release control of something so He can reveal just what that is. 
We like to have control, at least I do anyways. It’s not in our nature to release control of a situation or the plan that we have for ourselves. But this is what God is calling us to. Take a step of faith this year, let God speak to you, and maybe you’ll hear Him ask you to release in order to move forward.