Devotional Stories

Hidden Valley Adventure – Part 5: Rescue

(From the end of Part 4) “Help!” he yelled. “I’m going to fall!” The branch cracked further, and then broke off. Timothy was falling down into the chasm! 

“Aaaah!” Timothy Mouse cried, then “Oooof” as the rope tightened around his waist and he bumped against the side of the chasm.

“I’ve got you, Kid!” yelled Mr. Mole. Timothy dangled for a few seconds above the rushing stream, then felt himself being pulled up.

Mr. Mole dragged Timothy over the edge of the chasm and onto the wet grass. The rain still poured down on them. 

As Mr. Mole untied him, Timothy shivered and prayed, “God, please help us. You showed me the tunnel that led to Hidden Valley, and you helped Mr. Mole and me find Dad and Maria, but we don’t know what to do now.”

Then he said, “Thanks, Mr. Mole. You saved my life. But how do we get Dad and Maria across?

Mr. Mole said, “The chasm is pretty narrow. If I stretch out even farther than last time, they should be able to crawl across me.”

“But it’s too far across!” said Timothy. 

“It’s our only hope now,” said Mr. Mole.

“Oh, no! Look!” said Timothy, pointing to the water rising in the chasm.

“That means the beaver dam is breaking upstream,” said Dad. “The storm yesterday and all this rain today must have weakened the dam.”

Mr. Mole stretched as far as he could and formed a bridge over the chasm for Dad and Maria to cross. Maria crossed quickly, and Dad crawled behind her, dragging his hurt leg. 

“Hurry, Dad, before the dam breaks!” said Timothy. He heard a crash upstream.

Just as Dad reached Timothy, a wave of water thundered down the chasm and swept Mr. Mole away. 

 “Oh no! Mr. Mole!” said Timothy. “Dad, he’ll drown!” He stared as the water whooshed Mr. Mole down the stream. 

Timothy looked up to the sky and yelled, “God, please help us! You sent Mr. Mole to help me rescue my dad and Maria, but now he’s going to drown. Please save him! Please!”

Timothy held his breath as Mr. Mole neared the edge of a steep waterfall. 

“Dear God, please!” prayed Timothy. “I know you love Mr. Mole and you love me and my family. You’ve been taking care of us. Please take care of Mr. Mole now!”

As Mr. Mole started to go over the waterfall, Timothy saw a huge bird overhead. 

“Hurray! Help has…. Oh no! It’s Evil Hawk!” cried Timothy. “He’ll eat Mr. Mole, not save him! God, where are you?”

Then, right behind Evil Hawk came another huge bird. Mr. Eagle! He dove down under Evil Hawk, lifted Mr. Mole from the water and brought him back to where Timothy, Dad and Maria stood. Mr. Mole was safe!

“Thank you, God, for sending Mr. Eagle to save Mr. Mole!” Timothy prayed.

“Hop on!” said Mr. Eagle, and he carried Timothy, Dad, Maria and Mr. Mole back to Hidden Valley. 

When they arrived, Timothy saw animals streaming out of the emerald tunnel, carrying many jewels. At the front of the group came Peter, Hannah, and their families, followed by Mom and Mrs. Dormouse. 

Timothy and his family hugged and talked about clearing the broken plants and wilted flowers from Hidden Valley and how beautiful it would look when all the leafy plants and colorful flowers grew back and the houses were rebuilt.

They waved and said “Goodbye!” and “Thank you!” to Mr. Eagle as he flew away. 

Timothy gave Mr. Mole a big hug and said, “Thank you for being so kind, Mr. Mole. Please come visit us sometime!”

Mr. Mole smiled and said gruffly, “Only if you stay away from streams for a while!”

Timothy smiled and said, “Yes Sir, I will!”

Then Timothy Mouse stretched his arms out wide and yelled, “Hurray! Hurray! It’s a beautiful day!”

By Annette Ford

Will you trust God to take care of you step by step through your life? He instructs you and teaches you in the way you should go. He protects you and watches over you. He rescues you from danger and brings you to safety. Will you trust yourself and your family into God’s hands? He loves you with an everlasting love and is caring for you. 

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 121:7-8 The Lord will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

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