Friday Wisdom – God Will Save Me

Today I present one of my father’s theological teaching stories:

There was a man who lived near a river.  He was a very pious man and believed deeply in God. One day the rains came and river started to rise threatening a flood.

The local authorities issued evacuation warnings.  The man did nothing saying, “God will save me,” and he started to pray.

Soon the flood waters were approaching and a National Guard truck drove to the man’s house.  The driver yelled, “Jump in, we’ll get you out of here.”

The man said, “No! God will save me.”

Then the flood waters started to flood the first floor of the man’s house, and a small rescue boat pulled up to the front porch and the crew called, “Jump in, we’ll get you out of here!”

The man said, “No! God will save me.”

Then the flood waters rose and soon only the roof was dry.  The man held on to the chimney as a helicopter flew over and lowered a basket.  Through the loud-speaker the crew said, “Jump in, we’ll get you out of here!”

The man said, “No! God will save me.”

A short time late a wave overcame the man and he drowned.

Standing a the Pearly Gate the man said to St. Peter, “All my life I have trusted in God and thought he would save me.  Then in my greatest need, he abandoned me.  What have I done wrong?”

St. Peter said, “That doesn’t sound right, let me check the record.”

and St. Peter looked through the great book and said to the man, “I don’t understand the problem.  It says here that we sent you a truck, a boat and a helicopter …”

Mini sermon: God rarely appears in the way we expect.



About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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25 Responses to Friday Wisdom – God Will Save Me

  1. Andrew, I am grateful to say that I am back in the blogging world, and glad to be here. I loved your story! Can’t wait to read more of your blogs.

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  2. Or we’ve got our head in the sand of Christianese that we don’t see what it’s in front of us.


  3. Yep, sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees. Great story!

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  4. bg says:

    i tell this story often ,1st heard when i was around 12 ,from a crazy wine swigging preist from Holland. brought back memories ,and im pleased the lesson is still kicking around .well told .

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  5. I’ve heard that one before, but your mini sermon is a good take away.

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  6. Baydreamer says:

    I’ve heard this before, one of my favorites. We have to be willing to “see” and more often than not, that’s where we make the mistake. Good one!

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  7. Glynis Jolly says:

    Sometimes God answers with “No,” too.

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  8. George says:

    Lol…love that one, and so very true!

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  9. jfwknifton says:

    I didn’t see that coming!

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  10. inesephoto says:

    It is what we often do – ask and then miss the answer 🙂

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  11. I love that. It’s all about knowing what to look for.

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  12. artistpath says:

    A timely reminder that the answers are all around us if we’re willing to open our eyes and see. Great story.

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