I was not sure about this whole prayer thing at all. But, I was alone (sort of), in a lot of pain and very scared. Trying to pray has always been kind of scary too. What if I said the wrong thing and made God mad at me? What if He didn’t really exist?
Grampa’s voice came back into my head again.
“You just tell the Lord what you need when you need His help. He will help you. God is faithful, just you wait and see.”
I knew then what I needed to do. I took a deep breath and looked up (cause I figure God is up in His heavens) and said “Lord, God, creator of the whole world and everything in it, this is Enoch. I am in trouble down here and sure could use your help. You see, I’m pretty sure I have broken my leg because it hurts really badly and I need someone to find me and help me.”
I remembered that Grampa always thanked the Lord for something whenever he prayed, so I did the same thing.
“By the way Lord, thank you for this big boat Grampa calls an ark. Thank you for saving our lives. Please send someone to find me real soon. Amen.”
I just lay there suspended in air by the creature’s long nose, and I think I fell asleep again for a while.
I was jarred back awake when I began to hear voices.
“Enoch, are you down there?” I heard my Papa’s voice.
I yelled back, “I’m down here, Papa! I broke my leg”.
The large animal didn’t move – he (or she) just stood there holding me up. When my Pop got to the top of the ladder, he stepped back for a second and looked. I think his eyes needed to adjust.
“Enoch, is that you?” he asked.
“Yes, Papa, I’m ok. This big animal is very gentle and has been watching over me until you could get here.”
He came slowly down the ladder and walked over to where we were and just looked at the two of us for a minute and then smiled his huge, broad smile.
“It looks like you made a friend here Enoch. This one is called an elephant, and it seems to have taken an interest in you; but, I will take over now.”
Just then Uncle Ham and Grampa got to the top of the ladder and called down to us.
“Is everything all right down there?”
They had never seen a sight like this before and were just as amazed as Pop was at first. Pop took me gently from the elephant and waited a moment while I stroked the animal’s huge nose.
“Thank you, my big friend, I will come back as soon as I can and see you again.”
The elephant touched me again very gently and began to back away from us.
Pop turned and began taking me up the ladder. I turned and waved goodbye as soon as we got to the top. The elephant blew its horn again gently as if to say goodbye, then turned and walked back into the shadows. Pop took me to my room in our cabin.
Gram Naamah and Mama set and bandaged my leg while Grampa, Pop, and my uncles sat in the other room laughing about the elephant that cared for me.
Mama scolded me for exploring where Pop had told me not to go. But, for some reason, she kept hugging me.
After Pop got over being glad to have rescued me, he gave me a stern lecture about my irresponsibility showing up again.
“Enoch, you have been doing so well about being responsible…and now this. How could you just go wandering around down there alone? Especially when I had specifically told you not to do that! There are so many animals aboard the ark that could very easily kill you. What were you thinking?”
I wasn’t even sure what to say. I just stared at the splint on my broken leg and said quietly, “I’m sorry Papa, I was just curious. There are so many animals to see that I have never seen before.”
“Enoch, my son, I remember having a lot of talks with you about getting lost in your daydreams, I thought you were over that. Do not ever go wandering around like that again. Not all of these animals are going to be as gentle with you as that elephant was. You were very lucky.”
I looked at him right in the eyes, “But Papa, doesn’t God watch over us all the time like Grampa says? When I was laying down there with a broken leg not knowing when anyone would come looking for me, I prayed to the Lord just the way Grampa has taught me to do, and He answered my prayer. You came and found me. I know now I should not have been exploring like that, but when I got in trouble, God was faithful just like you and Grampa always say.”
Pop just sat there silently for a second, looked at Mama then got up and walked out.
Mama said, “Don’t worry us like that anymore Enoch. Your father and I were worried sick. I am glad you prayed, and the Lord answered you. But please be more careful in the future.”