You’ve probably heard the story of a man sitting on his porch as flood waters rise. A woman floats by in a boat, asking if the man needs help. “No, thank you,” says the man, “I’m trusting in the Lord.”
The waters rise higher, sending the man upstairs. A raft full of people floats by his second story window. “Get in,” they say, “there’s plenty of room.” “No thanks,” says the man, “I’m trusting in the Lord.”
The flood waters keep rising, pushing the man up to the roof. A helicopter swoops in, lowering its ladder for the man. “Thanks anyway,” shouts the man, “I’m trusting in the Lord.” Finally, the man is swept away in the torrent and drowns. At the gates of Heaven, the man asks God, “Why didn’t you save me?” “What do you mean?” replies God, “I sent two boats and a helicopter.”
Regardless of whether or not you consider yourself a spiritual person, I think it’s safe to say we’ve all asked for a little help at times. Once in a while, that help shows up in the exact way we expected it. Most of the time, it is a bit more subtle.
Too often, I think we wait for a parade to come rolling down the street with a big banner boldly displaying the answer to our requests or prayers. Help doesn’t always arrive as we expect it. Sometimes, it comes in very small moments, and it’s quite possible that we’re missing it.
Is there a decision you are struggling with, a relationship you are working on, a prayer or request you are making? As you go through your week, try to pay attention to the boats and helicopters sent your way. Be careful not to miss the boat.