You Were There Narrative

Sophomore Speech Class is a semester​-​long course where the students improve their public speaking skills. In class​,​ the students learn how to write and effectively deliver different types of speeches. One of the speeches is a narrative entitled​,​ “You Were There.​”​ The objective of this particular speech is to challenge the students to place themselves in any event in history and relive the moment through a story as if ​they​ were there (hence the name). The students focus on delivery and creativity in their writing of this speech. ​- Mrs. Dori Van Grouw​, Speech Teacher

“Elisha’s Journey” by 10th grader Riley Unrau

Something strange is going on here. It seems like Elijah is trying to get rid of me or something. While we walk he keeps saying things like, “Please stay here Elisha, for the Lord has sent me to Jericho,” and, “Please stay here, for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” But I’m not going to leave him no matter what he says, and I told him as much.

We’ve come to a body of water, it must be the Jordan River. I think we might have to wait for a boat or a raft to take us across. Strangely, Elijah starts walking towards the riverbank instead of waiting on the dock, so I change course and follow him. We soon make it to the edge of the water where he takes off his cloak, rolls it up into a tight scroll, and strikes the water. Immediately, the water begins to part, and a path forms in the opening just large enough for a man to fit. Elijah puts his coat back on, and I stare in awe. Then Elijah and I walk into the narrow path between the water.

I’m a bit worried about Elijah; he hasn’t said anything to me the entire time we’ve been walking in the parted river. O wait! He finally says something, “Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you.” What! Earlier he said he just had to go somewhere and now he is being taken from me by someone! Seriously, Elijah? Anyway, I answer his question and say, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.” I say this mostly because I know that he gets his power from God and I’d like to be able to serve others the way he does. He tells me, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you, but if you do not see me, it shall not be so.” Ok, strange answer, but hey, he’s a prophet.

Elijah and I have been walking and talking for some time now, mostly about God, but it’s hard to be fully focused on our conversation when I’m currently walking towards the place where Elijah will be taken away. Suddenly, the ground starts to rumble and…CRACK!!! The heavens have opened up, and a slew of chariots have appeared out of them! Elijah is being taken by the chariots and is ascending upwards to the clouds! Then nothing, except Elijah’s cloak on the ground and a distinct look of shock on my face. After a while of staring blankly at the sky, I remember what Elijah said to me about my final request before he leaves. I saw him being taken, so my request has been granted. I walk for a while until I reach the Jordan. Then, with a tiny bit of doubt, I strike the water with Elijah’s cloak. The river slowly parts and leaves a spot for me to walk across. The Lord has given me his blessing, and I now know that God has called me to take Elijah’s place – to be His prophet to the nations of Israel.

Works Cited:

“BibleGateway.” A Searchable Online Bible in over 150 Versions and 50 Languages. Web. 17 Sept. 2017.

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