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Topic: ZENITH (04/21/16)
- TITLE: Mountaintop Experience
By Bonnie Bowden
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Month after month, I watched the flood waters recede. I quaked inside as my foundation began shifting and changing, the underground forces pushing me upward. My face was continually washed from the steady stream of waters returning home to their established places. Some of the moisture was dried up by the wind or evaporated into the air by the sun’s rays.
A large foreign object landed with a thud on my crown; fortunately, my cap is made of solid rock, so I remained unharmed. I had never seen anything like it, but I assumed it was probably the largest boat in existence.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a raven circling overhead a few days later; it had been almost a year since all life had been extinguished from the earth.“CooooOOO-woo-woo,” a dove lamented as it looked for a dry place to land. It didn’t seem to find what it was looking for, so it returned to that big thing resting on my summit. Another seven days went by before I saw the dove again, this time it was able to find an olive branch before returning back. Another week went by before I saw the dove gathering twigs for its nest; it didn’t look back as it headed to a craggy cliff.
Another month went by before I saw a white haired man with a long grey beard open up the mammoth door. Out came seven other men and women and a menagerie of animals-- cattle, lions, sheep, tigers, emus, cats, pigs, horses, gazelles, goats, camels, and so many others that I couldn’t even begin to name them all. That didn’t even count the birds, snakes, or insects. My mouth froze open with unbelief. God had not forsaken the world; instead He was beginning anew.
A prism of light arched overhead lighting up the sky like a hug after tears. After so much bleakness, I could once again experience hope and envision a future.
Hidden deep within me are the secrets of past generations and the future of generations to come, revealed at their appointed times.
Based on Genesis 8
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