Genesis 8:13 & 14

"By the first day of the first month of Noah's six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry." NIV translation

This passage shows us just how long (over a month) it took for the water to recede. During that time, all that Noah and his family could do was to pray and wait on the Lord. It is much the same in our christian walk as we often have to wait on the Lord's timing. It is not easy but it is necessary.

Genesis 8:15 - 19

"Then God said to Noah, 'Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you - the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground - so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number upon it.' So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives. All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds - everything that moves on the earth - came out of the ark, one kind after another." NIV translation

Finally, God called them out of the ark and told them to multiply. We are all familiar with getting a fresh start in life and here we see the greatest fresh start the world has ever seen.

Genesis 8:20

"Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it." NIV translation

Burnt offerings were where the animals except their hides were burned up with the smoke rising to heaven. It was an effort to renew the relationship between a holy God and sinful man. 

This is a reminder to us that any fresh start must begin with God. There are all sorts of programs designed to help people start over from addictions, jail, etc. but most do not start with a renewed relationship with God and so the success rate is very low.