day Jonathan Alan Peterson,
age 6, sat watching the rain fall outside
his bedroom in
Florida. Since he had to stay inside,
Jonathandecided to play
his favorite game, land of make-believe.
Mommy, Daddy, and Alayna loved to play make-believe, too.
decided to pretend to be one of his favorite
Bible characters, Noah.
remembered the wonderful story of Noah's Ark and imagined
himself being there instead of Noah.
eyes really tightly and then ...ZOOM...
in another land long, long ago with Mommy, Daddy, and
Most of the people in this new place
seemed to be mean and hateful. They were being selfish and greedy and they
were fighting in the street.
Suddenly, God was talking. The Lord
Jonathan. He was going to cause a flood
over the earth because of all the bad people. But
Jonathan, along with
Mommy, Daddy, and Alayna would be safe if they built a huge boat, called an Ark.
Big elephants helped
Jonathan collect wood to make the Ark.
built the ark just as the Lord commanded. It was covered with tar, called
pitch, to make it waterproof.
Other animals helped to make the ark
by carrying buckets of the pitch. Even when
finished building the ark, there was still more work to do.
and his family collected all the food and supplies they would need on the
ark. They gathered sacks and baskets of apples, melons, hay, grain and
everything else they needed.
When the work was done, God sent his
animals two-by-two, a boy and a girl of each kind, so they could be saved
from the flood.
put the animals on the ark just as God wanted. Giraffes, lions, rabbits,
raccoons, penguins and many other creatures walked up the steps to the ark.
along with Mommy, Daddy, and Alayna, got on the
ark too. When everyone was safely aboard, God shut the door.
It rained for 40 days and nights
was a little frightened, but
knew that everyone would be safe in God's ark.
The storm continued to rage on and
on. The sky stayed gloomy and scary while the flood covered the earth. All
the cities and towns were now under water.
Finally the rain stopped and the
waters became calm. The ark came to rest on top of Mount Ararat.
along with Mommy, Daddy, and Alayna felt
excited to see blue skies and the sun chining again. Then God caused a wind
to blow over the earth, which began to dry up the water.
A while later,
a dove three different times to see if the ground was dry. The first time
the dove could not find a place to rest and came back. The second time it
came back with a fresh olive leaf. That meant the ground was almost dry.
The third time the dove didn't return at all. The earth was dry!
At last God told
Mommy, Daddy, and Alayna to come out of the ark.
God promised never to destroy the
earth with water again. He sent a rainbow to remind everyone of his
Jonathan opened his eyes and noticed the rain outside
his bedroom had stopped.
In the sky was God's beautiful
rainbow, reminding him of God's promise long