Stanley: Oh boy, a boat ride!!! I can’t wait!! Can we water ski too???
Mr. Mathisen: (Laughing) No, Stanley, it’s not that kind of boat. It was a probably the kind of boat that Peter and John fished from. It had no motor. It had a sail, and they could use oars to get it moving. It was also big enough to hold them all because it was built to hold a lot of fish. Let’s return now to those thrilling days of yesteryear and…well…let’s go with them now. Come on…Jesus is very tired from being with the people all day and is eager to get away, I heard Peter say that we were going to take a little ride across the lake and spend the night at the home of some friends on the other side.
As we get into the boat, there is just enough room in the bow (front) for us to sit down at this end away from the others and be out of the way. Jesus is sitting in the stern (back) on a cushion where there is a little room looking out across the lake. He seems to be praying. It’s wonderful to be with Him. Can you smell the water, Stanley? Isn’t it great!
(Begin swaying like on a boat.)
Stanley: Yeah, but, the boat is moving a lot, and I don’t think I feel so good.
Mr. Mathisen: Would like to go back to your box & rest?
Stanley: What? Huh? Do I want to go back in the box? No way!! I’ll…be…alright. Do you see those dark clouds over there? It’s getting cold too. I hope we don’t have a storm? Uh…did you bring my raincoat?
Mr. Mathisen: No Stanley, I didn’t. Hey, I just noticed that Jesus is taking a little nap and Peter is passing around some dried, smoked fish to eat. Mmmm, Stanley, you have got to try this fish! It is so GOOD! It’s better than the smoked salmon that we get at the Pike Place Market. (Stanley mumbles something) Hmm? What did you say?
Stanley: Oh, I’m sorry. I said I didn’t want anything to eat, my stomach is still not so good,
(large lurch, then back to hard swaying)
Whoa! Did you feel that? Something is definitely wrong with this boat and WOAH! Look at that sky, it is almost dark as nighttime, and that wind is getting colder and stronger all the time.
Mr. Mathisen: I think that you are right Stanley. This boat is pitching around really badly. The waves are getting so high that we are getting water in the boat.
Stanley: Aaaahhhhh!! I’m getting wet!!!