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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Century or Centuries (02/17/11)

TITLE: Great Plus
By Allison Egley


No, I'm not older than dirt. My grandchildren may tell you that. And my great grandchildren. Given my age, you would think I'd have seen many, many generations by now, but it seems God has seen fit to just show me a couple generations of my own children.

I'm Methuselah. I've met Adam, the first man ever to walk this earth. He used to call me his great-plus grandson. He told me after five or six generations it all ran together anyway. So he was my great-plus grandfather. Besides, by the time I finished all those "greats," the person I was talking to would nod off. And to think I used to tell Adam that he was older than dirt. Made from dirt? Yes. Older than dirt? Not so much. Granted, it's only a few days difference, but... oh forget it. I'm just digging myself into a hole here.

I've seen a lot in my day. After all, I've lived more than nine centuries! When I was a young boy; a mere one-hundred or so, I used to sit at Adam's feet and listen to his stories. He had some great ones. Cain's birth is one of my favorites. They had to overcome a rather steep learning curve in raising that boy. He caused his family pain, but I think he came around in the end there. At least I hope he did. I want to see him again one day.. Perhaps one day soon.

You see, God has given a warning to my grandson, Noah. Most don't believe him. I do. I've heard about the Garden of Eden from the two people who actually lived there. I've heard of it's grandeur, and how they talked and walked with God. And I look at the world now. And well, it's changed.

My father, Enoch, was a true man of God, and he raised me the same way. I walked away from the Lord for a time, but one day, my father just disappeared. Right out of the blue. Some say God took him. The say it jokingly, but I'm inclined to believe them. I think God has revealed to me that there is something beyond this; that there's something more.

I look back now, and I think perhaps God wanted to save my father from seeing the coming destruction. It was shortly after my father was taken by God when I realized I'd been wrong to walk away.

So I taught my son, Lamech, about God, and in turn we both taught Noah about God. Noah heeded our instruction and it seems God has seen fit for Noah to be His messenger.

I sit here now watching him build this ark with his sons. Most people just laugh at him. I wish they would return to God. It really hasn't been very long since Adam and Eve lived in perfect harmony with God. Have we really fallen so far since then?

While I'm glad my father won't see the destruction first hand, I wish he could have known Noah. He would have loved him. I don't know if my father knows what's going on here on earth, or whether he knows about Noah, but I do honestly believe he's with God.

Well, I'd better be going. It looks like Noah's getting close to finishing that ark of his, which means my time on earth is also drawing to an end. Oh, how I wish people would listen; how I wish they would heed Noah's warning.

And as for me, well, I don't know what God has in store. I hope I can somehow be with God and perhaps even see my father again. I believe God could do that if He wanted to, but God is also the ultimate ruler and judge. And he is sovereign. And so, whatever may happen to me, whether I am destroyed in the coming judgment, or whether God sees fit so spare me from seeing it I don't know. But what I do know is this: I'll trust Him no matter what.

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Henry Clemmons02/24/11
He's no doubt the poster man for centuries. I like the humor sprinkled in and your ability to cover such a span in a small amount of words. I enjoyed it. Well done.
Kimberly Russell02/26/11
I too liked the humor thrown in your piece that had a great message. Nicely done.
Bonnie Bowden 02/26/11
I liked your retelling of this Bible great's story. Cleverly written and mixed with wonderful humor.
Michael Throne02/26/11
Loved your humor. The voice was good; I enjoyed following along. I also appreciated the thought of what those long life spans would actually entail. Well done. Clearly, Iím going to have to reread Genesis, now.