But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated, and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.
In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry. In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried out. Then God said to Noah, “Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—that they may swarm on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him. Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by families from the ark.
—Genesis 8:1-5, 13-19
by: Dorothy Noel.
God’s “remembering” here should not make us think that He had forgotten Noah. According to the Zondervan NASB Study Bible, “remember” in this context means to express concern and care for. God cared by working to let Noah’s family and all the beasts off the ark. It took some time, but eventually He called them out. God’s timing was, not surprisingly, perfect. Too early and some of the animals might not have reached home because of localized flooding. Too late and they might not have survived the ark. Just as the length of the flood was perfect judgement, it was also perfect redemption. Trust God’s timing, for it will never be wrong.