KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | May 2017

Running From God?

Jake Donovan is running through the trees. In just a minute he’ll burst out of the woods and into the town of Discovery Mountain. Jake stumbles into town quite by accident. He is a young man who is afraid of heights—and he is running away to the mountains! There must be a good reason for that! Let’s see if we can find out why Jake is running and from whom is he running. 

“What was that? Who’s there? Well, I’m not waiting to find out! Get me out of these woods!  

“Whoa, what’s this? I thought I was running away—away from everything. It looks like there is a town, right here in the middle of nowhere. 

“What was that sound? Who’s following me? I can hear you walking! I hear the branches breaking under your feet. What do you want from me?

“Oh! You’re a hungry little guy. What are you? A deer? Maybe a moose? Well, little guy, go ahead and munch away on those leaves like nothing ever happened. You scared me nearly half to death!”

Jake sits on a rock, the moose calf eating his lunch beside him. Jake stretches his aching legs and lets his backpack drop with a thud beside him. Behind him are miles of wilderness—he has climbed a long way up the mountains to get away from something. Just over the edge and down the mountain, Jake sees the small town of Discovery Mountain. 

“This town is breathtaking! Is this your home, little guy? Hmm, I guess you live out here in the wilderness. Wilderness living works for you. It doesn’t work very well for me. I haven’t had a hot meal or a hot shower in three days. Running away like this is exhausting. Maybe it wasn’t the smartest idea in the world to try to run away from God.”

Jake looks out at a beautiful scene in front of him. On each side of the little town tall green trees sway in the breeze. Behind the cluster of cabins with green roofs, a blue-gray mountain with a snowy white peak forms a pretty backdrop. Jake doesn’t realize it yet, but Discovery Mountain isn’t just any town. It’s made up of special people. People from all corners of the earth end up here—and all for a reason. Including Jake. 

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Would you like to visit Discovery Mountain? You can! This is an excerpt from the first episode of the brand-new Voice of Prophecy radio program for kids that launched April 19. Stop by discoverymountain.com and discover Discovery Mountain!