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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Up and Down (04/02/09)

TITLE: Moses Masters the Mountain
By Gerald Shuler


Lord, is that you calling my name? Again? Whatís with this, does nobody else listen when you talk? Okay, okay.... Iíll listen. What do you want your servant, Moses, to do this time? You know, the people are starting to talk about us. They think I make some of this stuff up. Do you think someday you might talk to them yourself... you know, let them know Iíve been telling them the truth?

But enough of that. What do you want me to do this time?

You want what? Another trip up the mountain? That I could have done without. I just got back down from there with your commandments written in stone. What more do you want? You want what? A SECOND edition? The people didnít deserve the first one. Thatís why I broke them into itty bitty little pieces. Oh... you wanted it left whole? Okay, okay. Up the mountain I go. Again. Lord, how about if I donít have to stay so long this time? These people donít handle being left alone very well.

Oh, these rocks get harder to climb every time you call me. Do you have a good reason for staying on top of the mountain for these visits? You know, Lord, there is a really nice oasis a few miles back where we could have some top quality time together. Itís got a great little pool of water. I wouldnít have to strike a rock or anything. What do you think? Okay, okay. We meet at the top of the mountain.

Can you at least move some of the obstacles out of my way. Some of those cliffs are really scary. You know, mountain climbing has never been my favorite pastime. I was raised by Egyptians, you know. There werenít a lot of mountain climbers in the palace. I know, I know... I was born an Israelite. Go figure.

Lord, Iím really impressed with how light footed you made the goats. They never slip. I hope you remember that you didnít make me as sure footed as them. Now thereís an idea... do you think you could let a mountain goat just bring the tablets of stone to me? Okay, okay. Iíll keep climbing.

You know, this is really a pretty good view of the wilderness from up here. Like they say, though, itís a great place to visit but I wouldnít want to stay here forty years. Lord, why are you laughing? Oh, youíll tell me later? Okay.

Next time we have some mountain climbing to do, what do you think about me bringing an assistant to help with the mountain gear? I was thinking maybe Joshua. Heís a bright young lad... real potential for a minor leadership position. What do you think? Okay. Iíll keep him in mind.

Well, here I am at the top of the mountain. What now? Oh, yeah, I forgot the shoes again. Burrrr, these rocks get cold up here. While youíre writing the laws in stone, do you think you can spare some of that fire from your finger to warm the ground a little. Ahhh! Now thatís nice! Thanks, Lord.

Okay, so you are done with the writing in stone already. Let me proof read it for you. What? No changes from the last one? Why did you make it exactly the same as before? The people sinned a great sin... that should qualify for at least 5 or 6 new laws. Okay. Youíve got it like you want it. I shouldaí known... youíre the God that never changes. At least we humans can count on your word always being as strong as a rock. What do you mean, I really said a mouth full? Okay, so youíll explain that one later, too. You sure keep me guessing sometimes.

So now what? You got, maybe, a shortcut to the Promised Land to share with me? Okay. No short cuts. How about, maybe..... Oh. Youíre finished talking. Well, how about if I talk a little bit? No more talking. Okay.

Hey, Lord? Where did you go? I donít like being up here all alone. Lord? Oh, Looorrrrd?

I know you think this is funny, Lord. I struggle to climb a mountain so you can have me be messenger boy to a bunch of rebellious people. Okay. Iím okay with that. I have the new stone tablets. But then you leave like itís all over. Well, it isnít over, you know.

I still gotta climb back down.

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Lynda Schultz 04/09/09
You've made Moses sound only too humanólike most of us when God asks us to do something. Hilarious.
Verna Cole Mitchell 04/09/09
I'm still chuckling. With all the "hindsight" featured, this is a delightful look at Moses.
Chun-yen Stillman04/10/09
I enjoyed the illustrations you made in this monologue by Moses. Not an easy assignment to carry down the mountain either.Very real.
Jim McWhinnie 04/10/09
What a wonderful yet strangely reverent look at Moses the man. You are blessed with a wonderful gift for whimsy.

Such a joyful romp on Mount Sinai.
Jan Ackerson 04/13/09
Excellent title, Gerald!
Bryan Ridenour04/13/09
Quite humorous. Great writing. Well Done!
Beth LaBuff 04/13/09
This is the perfect Biblical story for the topic. It is interesting to wonder what Moses thought when he had to return up the mountain. :) Your alliterative title is great! :)
Betty Castleberry04/16/09
This made me smile. It's creative and unique. Thumbs up.