Humour is always a good way to introduce a subject. We have an occasional “visitor” to our services in the form of a bird puppet – a Kookaburra called Kookie. He’s a cheeky little thing, but always keen to learn more about God’s work in our lives. Here is the conversation from when we learnt about the story of Noah.
Leader: Hey Kookie! What you reading?
Kookie: A cruise brochure – see!
Leader: Yes, very nice. Are you planning a holiday then?
Kookie: Well, yes… Don’t you remember? You told me we’d be going on a boat ride today. And I found these brochures in your car, so I just thought I’d check out what we’re in for. I hope we’re going on this really big one – it’s got a cinema, and FOUR restaurants!
Leader: Ahh! Sorry Kookie, I think you’ve got hold of the wrong end of the stick. I didn’t say we were going on a boat ride, just that we’d be learning about a boat ride!
Kookie: So… no promenade deck?
Kookie: No Day Spa?
Kookie: Are we even talking an ocean voyage here?
Leader: Well, yes … if you count the fact that there was a big boat and there was no land in sight.
Kookie: Okay, then, give me the gossip.
Leader: Not gossip, Kookie, we’re talking about a man called Noah.
Kookie: Hey, isn’t he the dude who built a cute little boat in the middle of a dessert?
Leader: No and yes. He did build a boat in the middle of a dessert
Leader: Because God told him to
Kookie: And we should always listen when God tells us to do something.
Leader: That’s right. But this wasn’t a cute little boat – it was big. The bible tells us the measurements – 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high.
Kookie: Pardon? Can’t you measure in English?
Leader: Sorry, that works out to about 137 metres long – about the size of a Cook Strait ferry. In fact, experts reckon that the ark was probably the biggest that a wooden boat can be built to.
Kookie: Pretty impressive. So then this Noah dude went on holiday?
Leader: Not a holiday, Kookie. Noah had a job to do. The boat was full of animals – and I do mean FULL! At least two of every kind of animal. Can you imagine the noise?
Kookie: And the smell! I wouldn’t like to be on pooper-scooper duty on that boat!
Leader: Well, Noah did have some help – his wife, and his sons and their wives – his sons were called Shem, Ham and Japheth.
Kookie: Ham! Ha! Who names their son after food?
Leader: I can’t imagine KOOKIE! Look, if you keep interrupting we’ll never get this story told. How about you hop on board…
Kookie: What do you think I am? A kangaroo?
Leader: No – an annoying bird! How about you embark on the boat, and we can get the rest of the story. I’ve got a nice cabin in mind for you, just along from the African animals…..
Kookie: Okay – but don’t put me next to the lions – they might be hungry and I don’t want to be food……