And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. Genesis 8:11
I like in the beginning of the Chapter it states “God remembered Noah” (Genesis 8:1) Noah, his family, and all the animals were on the Ark for almost a year (some estimate 364 days others 370 days) At some point Noah I had to think God had forgotten about him. There were probably times during the fierce storms when Noahs kids would ask him “When will this be over?” and Noah would just have to wait on God
But God kept his promise as he always does. And notice what animal Noah uses to confirm their freedom? A dove came back with an olive leaf symbolizing hope and peace to Noah and his family. This symbol is still used today, as many have adopted the dove as a symbol of peace and hope.
And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. Luke 3:22
Notice when Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descended upon him. Think about it Noah and his family went through the water purification of the Earth in the flood then the dove descended to him. Jesus after he went through the water baptism had the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descend on him.
Noah, the ark, the flood, and the dove were all foreshadows of Christ to come for the hope and peace of the world. God has not forgotten about you either, come to Christ and be saved today! Amen!