Noah stood in the doorway watching the
sunlight dance on the Majestic Mountains. It
was always a fascinating sight.
“You might as well go.”
“What?” he asked, turning toward
“Lately you stare at the mountains every
day. You are not much use around here until
you get it out of your system. So why not
He lowered his gaze momentarily before
meeting her eyes again.
“I’m sorry, Naamah. To a child growing up
in Abel, the distant purple of the Majestic
mountains fires the imagination. I have
dreamed of them since childhood. It is one of
the reasons we moved here. But lately I have
this sense that God is calling me.”
“To climb the mountain? Why?”
“I don’t know. But you are right, I must go.”
Four days later, he kissed Naamah and
headed for the mountains with a knapsack on
Before leaving, he picked a spot on the
mountain that seemed likely to provide an
easy climb. Setting his sights on that spot, he
unknown to man but heavily trod by wild
Watching Noah as he headed for the
mountains, Naamah silently prayed, O God, I
don’t know why You are calling him into the
mountains. I hear it is a dangerous place to
travel alone. But I want Your will LORD, not
mine. Whatever You want him to do, I will
She stepped back into the house and
looked around. I might as well take
advantage of this and clean the house.
Laden with the knapsack, it took six hours
before arriving at the base of the mountains.
Turning north, he soon found a promising
passage. Passing through the narrow
opening, he followed a fairly steep route,
which occasionally leveled off.
Climbing higher and higher, he reached a
spot where he was faced with two possible
routes. Once again he sensed God’s direction
and turned left. He continued on a few more
minutes following a natural trail before he
came upon another passage.
Entering the passage confidently, he
turned west. A short time later he came upon
Long practice in worshipping God taught
studied his new surroundings.
He noted the purples, browns, reds,
oranges, and every color possible that
seemed to caress the mountainside. It was
one of the most beautiful sights he’d ever
Looking upward he saw a mountain goat
standing on a ledge. It appeared to be looking
right at him.
Soaring overhead was a hawk that seemed
to float on air. He stared in awe. What a
beautiful view they must have!
Gathering stones and tree limbs, he quickly
set about building an altar. Looking about, he
realized he hadn’t brought anything to
sacrifice upon it.
He immediately fell prostrate before the
“Your servant listens, Lord.”
“The sacrifice of your heart is all I need.
Remove thy shoes for thou art upon holy
Obediently Noah removed his shoes.
Immediately a fire fell from heaven and
consumed the wood and stubble on the altar,
leaving only charred stones. He bowed his
“The end of all flesh is come before me; for
the earth is filled with violence through
Noah could not believe what he was
hearing. The preaching of Enoch spoke of a
coming judgment upon all the earth, but he,
like so many people familiar with it, had
believed it was in the distant future, not
“Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms
shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it
within and without with pitch.”
The Voice paused as Noah absorbed what
he had just heard.
“And this is the fashion which thou shalt
make it of: The length of the ark shall be
three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty
cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
“A window shalt thou make to the ark, and
in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the
door of the ark shalt thou set in the side
thereof; with lower, second, and third stories
shalt thou make it.
“And, behold, I even I, do bring a flood of
waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh,
wherein is the breath of life, from under
heaven; and every thing that is in the earth
A flood? A worldwide flood!
“But with thee will I establish my covenant;
and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and
thy sons and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives
“And of every living thing of all flesh, two
of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to
keep them alive with thee: they shall be male
“Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle
after their kind, of every creeping thing of the
earth after his kind, two of every sort shall
come unto thee, to keep them alive.
“And take thou unto thee of all food that is
eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it
shall be for food for thee, and for them.”
As the Voice ceased speaking, Noah
continued to worship and reflect upon what
God had said.
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