Over the next few weeks, Grampa and I spent a lot of time looking out the window. We could see more and more land every day. Then one day, the ark lurched again, hard. I ran up to the top deck, looked all around and saw that most of the water was gone. We had run aground. The ark settled at an angle with the bow pointing up slightly. We all gathered with Grampa at the door. It was like when we first started. We stood there silently while Grampa prayed. Then he quietly said, “Yes, Lord.” And then he said, “Shem, Ham, Japheth … open the door.” Pop and my uncles did just that.
It opened with a large creak and then it fell open to the ground with a huge “THUD!” Then the sunlight began streaming in so brightly it nearly blinded us for a while. When I could finally see, I was amazed by the rich, lush green of the earth and the sparkling blue of the sky. Then, I saw a huge rainbow growing across the whole sky that just took my breath away.
I looked up in the sky and prayed to the Lord, “Lord, I see now that you have been taking care of us all along. Please forgive me for not trusting you. Thank you for all you have done and, please, help me to obey you completely from now on.”
Grampa built an altar for a sacrifice while Pop and my uncles began to open the pens so the animals could leave.
They all walked out peacefully just like they went in. Adah flew to me when I opened the bird pen. I walked outside with her on my shoulder. We stood there together for several minutes and then I heard what sounded like a dove singing. It was the same tune I had played on my flute so many times. It was Jubal! He had come back for his mate. Adah took off and flew up to meet him. They circled around several times and then flew off together. I never saw them again.
Then I heard a sound I hadn’t heard for a while. The elephants were coming off the ark and they walked right toward me. One of them stopped, looked right at me, touched my shoulder gently with his trunk and then walked away quickly while making his horn sound. I smiled and waved and off they went to wherever God was sending them.
I felt a hand on each shoulder. I looked up and saw Papa on my left and Grampa on my right. They were both looking out at the animals as they trailed into the distance and the rainbow in the sky.
Papa leaned down and said, “Well, Enoch, you have grown up a lot on this trip. I am very proud of you.”
Grampa then said, “And so am I. I have seen you grow in your faith in the Lord. What can you tell us about what you have learned?”
I looked at each one of them and then out on the valley again, “I learned that God keeps His promises. He kept us safe on the ark and I learned, to simply trust Him and obey because like Grampa always says: God is faithful, just you wait and see.”
We all laughed together.
That was the end of our journey on the ark, but it was the beginning of our brand new life.