The rains came and the dam just outside of town broke. The
water came rushing into town and began to rise around the houses.
A man was standing in his living room, water up to his
ankles when his neighbor pulled up in the driveway in his SUV. “Come on, get in!
I can help you! We’ll drive out of here before the water gets too high!”
The man smiled from his door and waved his friend on, “I’ve
been praying! God will take care of me. Thanks, though!”And his neighbor drove out of the
Soon the waters were so high the man had to go to the second
floor of his house. The water was just below the sill of his upstairs window
when one of his church friends came by in a fishing boat. “Get in! I can help by getting
you out of here before the water gets too high!”
The man smiled from the window and waved his friend on. “No,
it’s ok. I’ve been praying! God will take care of me. Thanks, though!” And his
friend from church left.
Soon the waters were up to the gutters and the man was on
his roof. Overhead came a police helicopter. They dropped a rope and yelled down
to the man, “Grab on! We’ll help you! We will haul you up and save you before
the waters consume your house!”
The man smiled and waved, refusing to grab hold of the rope.
“No, please go. I’ve been praying! God will take care of me. Thanks, though!”
And the helicopter flew away.
A short time later the waters consumed his home and the man
drowned in the rushing water. At once, he was standing at the gates of heaven.
God opened the gate with a look of surprise on his face and said, “What are YOU doing here? You’re not supposed to be here for years!”
And the man says, “Well lord, the dam broke and waters
flooded the town. I prayed and I prayed and I prayed for you to save me from my trouble but you
never showed up and I drowned.”
And God said, “Man, what about the SUV and the boat and the
helicopter I sent?????”
Pray without ceasing, expect miracles and don't miss the lifeboats God sends to your stormy seas.
Patience doesn't mean making a pact with the devil of denial ignoring our emotions and aspirations It means being wholeheartedly engaged in the process that's unfolding rather than ripping open a budding flower or demanding a caterpillar hurry up and get that chrysalis stage over with. Sharon Salzburg
The voice I hear
is just a whisper
but the words
relax and enjoy the ride,
I got all of this.