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Topic: Enter (02/27/06)
TITLE: So Many Animals
By Virginia Gorg
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Horses 2 enter
Elephants 2 enter
Alligators 2 enter
Snakes 2 enter
Dogs 2 enter
Dinosaurs 2 enter
Kangaroos 2 enter
Bears 2 enter
“Noah, my husband, how are you doing?” Helena asked.
“Okay. I am so thankful to our Lord for supplying me with this computer. It makes keeping track of the arriving animals so much faster and easier than I ever thought possible,” Noah replied excitedly.
“It sure looks easier than using papyrus,” laughed Helena.
“Indeed, and I can sort the animals by name when I’m done and compare it to the original list. That way, there will be no doubt that all of them have arrived,” chuckled Noah.
Noah typed as the animals continued to enter the Ark he had completed. The Lord’s words came to his mind: “Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal, and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them." The animals came to Noah, just as the Lord has promised.
“Father,” Shem called. “There are so many animals. Will they all fit into the Ark?” Shem and his wife, Isabella, ran up to Noah.
“The Lord has given me exact dimensions to build this Ark, and He is to be trusted. I have never built anything this big – 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. There are decks and rooms, and even a garden to grow food. The windows will be closed tightly for now so the rain does not enter. We will open them when the Lord speaks.” Noah stood back and marveled at this monstrous ocean vessel. There wasn’t even an ocean within several days walk for this vessel to enter.
As Noah sat down to continue entering animal names and counts, another son, Ham with his wife, Hannah, arrived. They were in charge of the garden and were excited about their upcoming duty.
“Father,” said Ham, “the gardens are ready and the seeds are in pots for seeding later. Are you sure that this is what we are supposed to do?”
Noah assured his son that God had spoken to him about the Ark. Noah was a righteous man, and did everything just as God commanded him. Noah’s peace about the whole situation kept everyone comforted that this was really the Lord’s plan.
Japheth, the youngest son, and his wife Emily were to oversee the sleeping animals. It was their job to ensure that no one would enter the animal’s rooms and disturb them. “Father Noah,” Emily said, “I am so eager to begin caring for the animals. It is thrilling to watch them enter the Ark in preparation for our great adventure.”
“It is indeed,” Noah replied. As he stood up and looked around, he could see no more animals arriving. Hitting the enter key a final time, Noah saved his document and sorted the animals by name. He compared the list to the original to be sure that not a single one was missing. “Ah, it is finished.”
Helena asked, “Is it time then to leave?” As she spoke, a raindrop fell to the ground. “What is this?” Helena felt another drop on her arm and wondered where the water was coming from.
Noah replied, “That is the rain that God has promised. Come, everyone, we must enter the Ark now, for the time has come.” Noah closed the laptop and watched his family enter the Ark.
Noah looked around at the familiar sites one final time. As his foot entered the Ark, the great deck door closed loudly behind him. Noah knew that the Lord had shut him in, along with his family and animals. Noah took a moment to praise God for saving them.
Noah spoke to his family and the listening animals. “We are about to enter into a new existence, one which God has ordained. Please do not fear the upcoming rain, for God’s hand is upon us. Let us praise our Lord.”
In obedience and righteousness, Noah and his family were now prepared to enter into the new world.
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