Sunday, August 31, 2008


40 days.

Interesting "40" factoids:

  • Number of days it rained during The Flood; Noah waited another 40 days before he opened the window

  • Number of days Moses was on the mountain with God; his face shone for 40 days after his time on the mountain

  • Spies to Canaan took 40 days to search out the promised land and bring back fruit

  • The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years

  • According to the book of 1 Kings, the prophet Elijah fasted for 40 days and 40 nights during his journey to the mountain of God

  • According to the Gospels, Jesus fasted and was "there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan... "

  • Jesus was seen on the earth 40 days after his crucifixion

  • Number of days in Lent

  • My age

A last minute addition as pointed out by my friend, Jeanne, 40 weeks is the term of a pregnancy. Forty weeks back is January which is when we began our paperwork for Ellie. Thanks, Jeanne!!

I find the significance of 40 days in the Bible to be a period of time when God made major transformations and changes. Hopefully, after our 40 days we will experience the fulfillment of His promise to our family to provide us with our daughter. What a major transformation and change we will have!!


Hilary Marquis said...

Cool post! This countdown you've got going is awesome! (and it is helping me keep track since I'd lose my head if it wasn't attached most days) Hang in there, Miss Ellie is almost home!

Jeanne said...

Another significance--40 are the weeks of pregnancy. I counted back 40 weeks from your expected Gotcha Day, and it's early January, just when you were starting your paperwork! How cool is that!