(From the end of Part 1) Timothy reached up and touched the branches of the golden tree, and as he did, the outline of a door appeared around the tree on the cave wall, right down to the floor. And the door began to open!
Timothy Mouse pressed harder on the golden tree. As the door continued to open, his friends Peter and Hannah came running over.
“Look!” said Timothy. “This golden tree made a door open in the wall. Do you want to go with me? Maybe we can find my dad and Maria in there.”
“Yes!” said Peter, peering through the doorway into a dark tunnel. “I want to check it out!”
“Me too!” said Hannah. “And we have to find Maria! She’s always so kind to me. I wish she was my big sister. You’re so lucky to have a big sister like Maria, Timothy!”
“She isn’t always that nice!” said Timothy, half grinning. “But she’s okay, I guess.”
Under his breath he said, “She’s a real pain sometimes, and way too bossy, but she’s the best big sister ever. I have to find her and Dad!”
Heading through the door in the wall, Timothy, Peter and Hannah entered a narrow tunnel lit by shining blue sapphires along the walls. “Wow! This is so cool!” they exclaimed.
They walked and walked, slanting up for a while and then down, rounding bends and seeing nothing except dark walls and blue sapphires.
Timothy trudged slower and slower. “My feet hurt. Maybe we should just go back,” he said. He sat down on the dusty floor and leaned against the tunnel’s rough, cool wall.
“I agree!” said Peter, plopping down next to him. “This is a waste of time. I’m so thirsty, and it’s boring just walking and not getting anywhere.”
“But maybe we’ll find something soon,” said Hannah, standing near them. “We can’t quit now! What if we find your Dad and Maria somewhere in here, Timothy?”
“We don’t even know if this will take us to them,” said Timothy. “I don’t feel great and I don’t see the point of all this walking.”
Timothy put his head in his hands and thought back to when he had lain staring at the wall in the cave. After he had prayed for God to help him find Dad and Maria, he had seen the opening in the wall.
“Dear God,” he prayed, “if you want me to keep going, I will. Help me not to quit.”
Timothy stood up and said, “Maybe Hannah is right, Peter. Let’s just keep going. We might find them.”
They kept trudging through the tunnel.
As they rounded a bend, the tunnel opened into a large golden cave. Glittering jewels of all colors and sizes studded the cave’s walls, and through the cave flowed a rippling river. Timothy and his friends drank from the cool water and then sat on smooth, beautiful, shining rubies, each the size of a chair. Brilliant diamonds hung from the ceiling like chandeliers.
“Wow! This… is… so… beautiful!” said Timothy.
“Let’s just stay here forever!” said Hannah, with a sigh.
“I don’t want to stay here,” said Peter. “I want to go back to the cave to borrow some tools and wheelbarrows. We’ll be rich with all these jewels!
“You’re right!” said Timothy. “We could be so rich. Great idea, Peter. Let’s go back!”
Timothy and Peter headed toward the sapphire tunnel.
“But what about your dad and Maria?” said Hannah.
“They’ll be fine,” Timothy said. “They’re probably back with all the others by now.”
Timothy paused and thought about how God had shown him this way to find them. Were jewels and riches more important than finding Dad and Maria?
“Peter, I need to keep going and find my dad and sister,” said Timothy.
“Okay, go ahead,” said Peter. “I’m still going back to get tools. I’ll save you some jewels!”
“Thanks,” said Timothy. “See you later!”
As Peter disappeared into the sapphire tunnel, Timothy walked toward Hannah.
“Look!” said Hannah. “There’s an opening over there. Let’s go!”
(To be continued…)By Annette Ford
Are there things that distract you from doing what God wants you to do? Maybe you get tired of following him and feel like quitting, or maybe beautiful things that seem good pull your attention away. Trust God to take care of you as you follow Him, even when it’s hard.
Hebrews 12:1b,2a Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus. Proverbs 8:10-11 Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.