I am going to be posting a few of my stories from my book “The Kid Inside Bible Stories”. I have chosen a few that center around the story of Noah. My stories are fiction. They are based on stories in the Bible but they are not a strict re-telling of Bible stories. This first one is my take on Enoch. A man who walked with God and was not for God took him. I tell it from the point of view of his great grandson hearing a story about him from his grandson. I hope you enjoy it.
The Day Great Grampa Disappeared
Genesis 5:23-24 Enoch lived 365 years in all. He enjoyed a close relationship with God throughout his life. Then suddenly, he disappeared because God took him.
“Oh, yes, I remember trying to find your great Grampa Enoch that day.” Lamech laughed and leaned back on the bench against the shade tree in his yard. “I remember it just like it was yesterday. Wow! It was one of the worst days of my life, and one of the best.”
“It was such a beautiful crisp, cool morning. I could smell fall in the air with fog still hanging in the trees. It made me feel so good I decided to run all the way to his house. I ran as hard as I could. I ran so fast the wind was blowing my hair back, and then…”
“Then what?” asked Lamech’s son.
“I broke a strap on my sandal, went flying head over heels, and landed flat on my face in an ant hill. I got up so fast those ants couldn’t get on me, but then I had to hop on one foot to get away from them. I sat down on a log and tied the strap back on. While I was doing that, I realized my knee was bleeding. I wiped it off with some grass and dry leaves, and then headed off to great Grampa Enoch’s house.”
“When I got there I knocked on the door until Hannah (she was Great Grampa’s housekeeper) answered the door. She took one look at me and said, ‘What happened to you?’”
“Oh, I was running and fell down. Is Grampa Enoch here?”
“No, he went out early this morning.”
“What? No! I wanted to talk to him about something very important and…well…he’s always here when I need to talk to him.”
Lamech chuckled, remembering his childish response.
“Well, Hannah just laughed at me and said, ‘Lamech, you’ve never been here quite so early. Let me tell you something about your Grampa Enoch you may not know. He always takes a walk down to the fields first thing in the morning. He tells me that he is walking and talking with the Lord. I know he does that, but I also think he likes to be by himself for a while before the day gets started. He is always so thoughtful and joyful when he comes home after that. But today, he said he won’t be coming home after his walk and not to make dinner for him tonight.’
That made me concerned because he never missed dinner. Something really special must be going on.”
Lamech’s son looked at his father and said, “What did you say next?”
“What did I say? I said…oh, right I asked. ‘Where is he going after his walk today?’”
“Then Hannah told me he was headed to the barns to talk over the day’s business with his foreman.”
“Well, I had my own chores to do, so I had to run back home, being very careful about my broken sandal strap. When I got there, your Grandmother Lois saw my knee and insisted on washing and bandaging it. She fussed and told me to be more careful and took a long time doing so.”
“Then, I did my chores as fast as I could and ran off to your great Grampa Enoch’s barns to look for him. I was going along pretty good when I saw a honey tree. I decided to stop for a minute and get a taste of the honey, but as soon as I stuck my hand in the hole…”
“What?” asked Lamech’s son.
“About a hundred bees came roaring out of the tree and chased me as I ran down the road. I ran even faster than I did earlier in the day. I had to jump into a pond and wait for them to go away!”
“Ha! That’s funny Pop, did you get any honey after all of that?”
“Well, I did get a small handful of honey, but I also got stung about eight times. That honey cost me a lot of pain, but it sure tasted good.”
“I’ll bet it did. Did you go home then?” asked his son.
“No, I kept going, but when I got to your great Grampa Enoch’s barns, I couldn’t find him anywhere, so I looked for his foreman, Samuel. He was busy ordering the farm hands to send some grain and seed to a neighbor.
When he saw me, he started laughing. I said, ‘What are you laughing at?’
“He said, ‘Between the drowned rat look, the bandage hanging around your ankle, and those bee stings on your face, you look awful funny.’”
‘Ha, ha, ha, do you know where my great Grampa is?’
“Still chuckling he said, ‘There is a family nearby who are suffering because they were too sick to harvest on time. They have also been hit hard by some sort of blight. In addition to the grain and seed, your Grampa Enoch is taking over a few farm hands to help harvest what they can and to teach the neighbor how to avoid the blight next year.’”
“I thought that was unusual, but the foreman said, ‘Let me tell you something about your Grampa Enoch you may not know. He does that sort of thing all the time. He is always very generous with his neighbors. He says that is why the Lord has given him so much. He believes God wants him to care for others and, well, he always wants to obey the Lord.’”
“Well that made me stop and think for just a moment. But, it still frustrated me because I really wanted to find him.”