As Picklenose and Johnny started out of the church and walked down the stairs neither one of them could believe their eyes.
“What happened,” Picklenose asked his older brother Johnny?
“I think it is going to rain,” Johnny replied, “doesn’t look like we are going on the picnic to the lake like Mommy and Daddy had planned.”
The boys waited at the bottom of the steps for their Mom and Dad and little sister Rebekah. The sky was getting darker by the minute and the wind was starting to blow very hard. Then just as the sky seemed to get darker, the rain started to fall. Big drops of rain spotted the sidewalk in front of them. Picklenose and Johnny ran back up the steps between the people who were trying to get down the steps and make it to their cars before they were soaked.
“Mom,” Picklenose yelled, searching the entranceway of the church for the rest of the family.
“Doesn’t look like we are going to the lake for a picnic, “ Picklenose started, as lightning lit up the cloud darkened sky and thunder quickly crashed outside making little Rebekah cry out and snuggle closer to her Daddy.
“Well we might as well wait here until this storm lets up,” their Mommy said.
“I think everyone has the same idea,” Daddy said, as Grandma Ronim walked over to her family.
“Well I guess we are safe here in the Lord’s house aren’t we,” Grandma said, “All that thunder and lightning and those rain drops are as big as fifty-cent pieces.”
“But Grandma, we were going to the lake and now it is storming,” Picklenose said as he was interrupted by the flash of lightening and the sound of thunder. Everyone in the church let out a “wow,” as the lightening flashed through the stained glass windows.
“I know Picklenose but we can all go to the lake some other day, why don’t we all meet at our house after this storm is finished and have a picnic there,” Grandma said.
“Sounds good to us Mom,” Daddy said, “We will go home and get the food and the children’s things and be over.”
“O.K. son be careful,” Grandma said, she put her rain bonnet on and pulled her foldable umbrella out of her purse and walked out into the storm. Grandpa had pulled their car around to the front of the church.
“Well it looks like it is slowing down,” Daddy said, “I will go pull the car around and get you all home so we can go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house.”
Picklenose, Johnny, Mommy, and little Rebekah watched out the front doors of the church for Daddy to bring their car to the front of the church. The rain was still coming down and there was still thunder but it was off in the distance as they all got to the car and climbed in. Picklenose and Johnny buckled their seatbelts as Daddy got Rebekah into her car seat.
“We will stop at home and grab the food and some diapers for Rebekah and be on our way,” Mommy said.
The rain was still coming down when they pulled into the driveway and Daddy got out and ran into the house and gathered up the food and Rebekah’s diapers. Daddy went to the trunk of the car and loaded the food and jumped in the car.
“I know how Noah must of felt when the rain started and he was loading the animals in the ark,” Daddy said with a laugh as raindrops ran off his nose.
“That is funny Daddy, today in Sunday school Grandma told us the story about Noah’s Ark and how built he built the ark the way God told him. And God brought the rain and the animals,” Johnny said.
“The water kept coming for forty days,” Picklenose added, “And it lasted for 150 days.”
“The ark came to rest on a mountain,” Johnny said “and on the tenth month Noah could see the tops of the mountains.”
“After forty days Noah opened a window on the ark and sent a Raven out to find dry land and it kept flying back to the ark until the water was dried up,” Picklenose said.
“Then Noah sent a dove and it came back until one time the dove came back with a freshly plucked olive leaf,” Johnny added.
“Well, Daddy it looks like our two boys were listening in Sunday school this morning,” Mommy said.
“It sure does,” said Daddy.
As Daddy pulled the car into grandma and grandpa’s driveway the sun started breaking through the clouds. Daddy parked the car and everyone got out and started unloading the car with raindrops still lightly falling.
“Look,” yelled Picklenose, “Look in the sky it is a rainbow.”
As Mommy, Daddy, John, and, Rebekah look towards the sky Picklenose ran into grandma’s house and brought her and grandpa out to see the rainbow in their backyard.
“Look Grandma just like in Sunday school today a rainbow at the end of the storm, God’s Promise,” Picklenose exclaimed.
“Very good Picklenose you remembered how God made a rainbow and told Noah that was a sign of His covenant with Noah and every living creature,” Grandma said.
“What is a covenant,” Picklenose asked?
“A covenant is the same as God’s promise, like you said before Picklenose,” Grandpa said, “You two boys must have really listened to your Grandma in Sunday school today I am very proud of you two.”
“Let’s get this food in the house and start our inside picnic,” Grandma said.
Everyone carried something into the house. Even little Rebekah carried her own diaper bag in and jumped in a puddle by the front steps. Picklenose and Johnny stood in front of the big window in the living room and watched the rainbow until the sun came out and the rain stopped and the rainbow just seemed to melt away.
“I am glad we have God’s promise aren’t you Picklenose,” Johnny said.
“I am Johnny, God loves us and I love grandma for telling us about Noah and the Promise,” Picklenose said.
Mommy called them to the table. Everyone sat down and Grandpa asked a blessing.
“Dig in,” Grandma said, “there is plenty of food and a good desert.”
“It might be to wet to eat outside,” Picklenose said, “but we sure are having fun.”